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The works to be published in octavo, separately, as they were finished; the whole responsibility of the task resting upon the editors, who were to be chosen by the Master of the Rolls with the sanction of the Treasury.
The Lords of Her Majesty's Treasury, after a careful consideration of the subject, expressed their opinion in a Treasury Minute, dated February 9, 1357, that the plan recommended by the Master of the Rolls "was well calculated for the accomplishment of this important national object, in an effectual and satisfactory manner, within a reasonable time, and provided proper attention be paid to economy, in making the detailed arrangements, without unnecessary expense."
They expressed their approbation of the proposal that each chronicle and historical document should be edited in such a manner as to represent with all possible correctness the text of each writer, derived from a collation of the best MSS., and that no notes should be added, except such as were illustrative of the various readings. They suggested, however, that the preface to each work should contain, in addition to the particulars proposed by the Master of the Rolls, a biographical account of the author, so far as authentic materials existed for that purpose, and an estimate of his historical credibility and value.
In compliance with the order of the Treasury, the Master of the Rolls has selected for publication for the present year such works as he considered best calculated to fill up the chasms existing in the printed materials of English history; and of these works the present is one.
A METRICAL VERSION OF THE HISTORY OF
PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF HER MAJESTY'S
L ON DO N :
THE BUIK OP THE CRONICLIS OF SCOTLAND.
How Malcolme Efteb The Deceis Of King Lib.i3.ti9S.
With Symmerleid, Lord Of Argyle, Quha
Efter the deid of gude Dauid the king, 42,570
The sone of Henrie, Malcome richt benyng,
Prevenit wes as ^e haif hard be deid,
Succeidit syne into king Dauidis steid,
Ane prettie cheild of threttene ^eiris of age.
Thocht he we.s toung he wes of hie curage, 42,575
That he suld preue ane nobill king and prince.,". ...
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In his first 3eir, as 3e sall winderstand,
Of this triumph quhen that he hard and knew