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FAC-SIMILE OF PAGE OF MAYORALTY BOOK, A.D. 1459-60,
containing depositions concerning the passing of Lancastrian Lords through Nottingham.
(See Page 368.)
BOROUGH OF NOTTINGHAM
BEING A SERIES OF EXTRACTS FROM THE
ARCHIVES OF THE CORPORATION OF NOTTINGHAM
KING HENRY IV. TO KING RICHARD III.
PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE CORPORATION OF NOTTINGHAM
LONDON: BERNARD QUARITCH, 15, PICCADILLY
M DCCC LXXXIII,
The welcome accorded to the first volume of this work by the literary world, and by the public in general, has induced the Corporation to proceed with a second. The Corporation were the more readily persuaded to continue the work by the consideration that most of the matter had been extracted from their archives during the search necessitated by the dispute with the Freemen of the Borough.
It is gratifying to notice that the importance of publishing the valuable records contained in the chests of our ancient boroughs is now more generally recognized. Notwithstanding the enormous diffusion of means of studying original historical matter that has distinguished this century, little attention has hitherto been paid to borough records. In this respect our German and French neighbours are far and away in front of us. They have long since recognized the value of town records and their use in elucidating the economic history of a nation. Although the English government have expended many thousands of pounds under the direction of the Record Commission, and in the publication of the Master of the Rolls' series of Chronicles and Memorials, and the invaluable Calendars of State Papers,
there are still many dark periods in our national and political
possibly estimate the value of the matter hidden in the
Acting upon suggestions of the reviewers of the first volume, the Council have authorised a more liberal supply of