LACE MANUFACTURES OF ENGLAND. 335 indeed, 1 he better classes in the metropolis, in the making of bone lace and point; and in 1775, sanctioned by the patronage of H. M. Queen Charlotte, the princesses, the Princess Amelia, and various members of the aristocracy, an institution was formed in Mary- lebone Lane, and also in James Street, Westminster, “ for employ ing the female infants of the poor in the blonde and black silk lace- making and thread laces.” More than 300 girls attended the school. “ They gave,” says the “ Annual Eegister,” “ such a proof of their capacity that many who had not been there more than six months carried home to their parents from 5s. to 7s. a month, with expectation of getting more as they improve.” From this time we hear no more of the making of lace, either point or bone, in the metropolis.