Today is Ernest's birthday. Congradulations. Hope you and K. have a great day. Maybe a lovely dinner together. I sent him a gift (Chris mailed it for me) a while back, but he has not received it yet. A pair of Brooks' Peal (Crockett & Jones) black wingtips. Gave Ernest the entire history; that Peal & Co. went out of business about 1964, that Brooks then bought the name and sold EG's with a Peal label, later C&J and now mostly Alfred Sargent (but still some C&Js). His comment on Brooks willingness to drop the quality to keep its Peal prices as low as possible: "That Mr. Brooks is very stingy; soon he will be selling Bexley shoes as Peal."