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WITHIN recent years there has been a large and welcome accession of printed materials for the study of English Economic History. The Patent Rolls and similar publications, as well as an invaluable series of town records, including the Letter-Books of London and the Records of Bristol, Colchester, Coventry, Leicester, Northampton, Norwich, and York, have now become available. The importance of these publications, which present what is largely a virgin field for the investigator, will be readily recognized.
The purpose of the present volume is to utilize both the older sources of evidence and the new material which has so extensively accumulated.
My thanks are due to Mr. W. F. W. Mortlock, Trinity College, Cambridge, and Mr. F. P. Wilson, Lincoln College, Oxford, for their assistance in reading the proofs.
OXFORD, June 1915.