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CIRCULAR OF THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMISSION.
HISTORICAL MANUSCRIPTS COMMISSION,
Rolls House, Chancery Lane.
Her Majesty has been pleased to appoint under Her Sign Manual certain Commissioners to ascertain what MSS. calculated to throw light upon subjects connected with the Civil, Ecclesiastical, Literary, or Scientific his. tory of this country are extant in the collections of private persons and in corporate and other institutions. A copy of the Commission is enclosed, which will best explain the object Her Majesty has in view.
The Commissioners think it probable that you may feel an interest in this object, and be willing to assist in the attainment of it, and with that view they desire me to lay before you an outline of the course which they propose to follow.
If any person express his willingness to submit any paper or collection of papers within his possession or power to the examination of the Commissioners, they will cause an inspection to be made by some competent person, upon the information derived from whom the Commissioners will make a private report to the owner on the general nature of the papers in his collection, such report will not be made public without the owner's consent, but a copy of it will be deposited and preserved in the Public Record Office, to which no person will be allowed to have access without the consent of the owner of the papers reported on. .
Where the papers are not mere insulated documents, but form a collection which appears to be of Literary or Historical value, a chronological list or brief calendar will be drawn up, and a copy thereof presented to the owner, and to no other person without his consent, but the original of such calendar will be deposited for preservation in the Public Record Office, to which no person will be allowed to have access without the consent of the owner of such collection.
The Commissioners will also, if so requested, give CIRCO their advice as to the best means of repairing and pre. OF THE serving any papers or MSS. which may be in a state of decay, and are of Historical or Literary value.
To avoid any possible apprehension that the examina clus. tion of papers by the Commissioners may extend to or include any title deeds or legal documents, I have to call your attention to the fact that nothing of a private character or relating to the titles of existing owners is to be divulged, and to assure you that positive instructions will be given to every person who examines the MSS. that if in the course of his examination any title deeds or other documents of a private character chance to come before him, they are to be instantly put aside, and are not to be reported on or calendared under any pretence whatever.
The object of the Commission is solely the discovery of unknown Historical and Literary materials, and in all their proceedings the Commissioners will direct their attention to that object exclusively.
In no instance will any MS. be removed from the owner's residence without his request or consent, but if for convenience the Commissioners be intrusted with any MSS., they will be deposited in the Public Record Office, and be treated with the same care ,as if they formed part of the Public Muniments, and will be returned to the owner at any time specified by him.
The costs of inspections, reports, and calendars, and the conveyance of documents will be defrayed at the public expense without any charge to owners.
The Commissioners will feel much obliged if you will communicate to them the names of any gentlemen who may be able and willing to assist in obtaining the objects for which this Commission has been issued.
I have the honour to be,
INDEX TO THIRD REPORT.
Abbey of the Holy Ghost, The, [by John Alcock]; xiii, 180. Admiralty-cont.
jurisdiction of the, in Ireland, letter about the, 1638 ; 76.
his official correspondence while in Ireland, and as --- a paper concerning the ; 199.
a Latin treatise, “ De officio Admirallitatis Angliæ,” temp.
Eliz. ; 108.
notes taken oute of the Statute Lawe concerning the
Admiraltye ; ib.
papers connected with the, 18th cent. ; 125, 146.
-- letters of the, 1636–7; 72, 74.
Commissioners of the, letter to the, 1653 ; 266.
Lords of the letters to the, 1757-60 ; 146.
Court, the ; 13.
matters, disputes touching, between England and France,
Office, return by the, of ships lost and damaged, 1691; 101.
- letter dated at the, 1715; 369.
Adventurers, in a ship called the Pearl, petition of; 286.
See Merchants Adventurers.
Affiliation, proceedings in cases of; 350.
trade of, 1735-67; 144.
supplies to the troops in, 1748 seg. ; 146.
letter on the internal trade of, 1766 ; 136.
Poncet's scheme with regard to, 1767; 136.
correspondence relative to the coast of, 1767; 143.
for making compensation to the, 1755, with other papers
thereon ; 146.
Agar, Thomas, letters of ; 428,
Agazario, F., letters of; 235.
Agnew, Robert Vans, Esq., MSS. of, at Barnbarroch; x, 402.
Agretti, the Abbate, mission of, from Rome to England ; 234.
Aid for Knighting Prince Henry, Council letter touching the,
1609 ; 196.
Aid, a general, 1689; 101.
Aikenheid, letter from ; 152.
Ailesbury, Earl of :
letter of the, 1680; 43.
letters of the, in the Ormonde collection ; 428.
18th cent. ; 431.
Airlie, Lord, letters of ; 428.
Airth, Earl of:
creation of William, Earl of Monteith as, 1633-4 ; 400.
information to the King by the  ; 400.
letters of Charles I. respecting the, 1637–9; ib.
commission to the, 1640; ib.
See Menteith and Airth, Earls of; also Herth.
Alabaster, Sir Thomas, letters from ; 161, 162, 164.
Alacampi, Edward, letters of ; 334.
Albani, Vita Sancti, 14th cent., in the Marquis of Bute's collec-
Albani, Cardinal, letter of; 138.
Duke of, protest against the legality of a court and assize
held by the, 1400 ; 422.
- Governor of Scotland, license by the, 1416 ; xxiv, 413.
--- Earl of March, &c., Alexander, letters of procuratory
by, 1470; 389.
-- charter of, 1479 ; 4.
Dukes of, charters, &c. by ; 397, 398, 402, 404, 405.
Duchess of, and Countess of Lennox, Isabella, charter by,
1445 ; xxiii, 407.
Duke of, letter of the, 1660; 90 : 1662; 248.
- letters touching the, 1685 ; 97, 99. See Monck.
Lord, letters of, in the Ormonde collection; 428.
Earl of, letters of the, 1699; 193.
Ambassador at Paris, despatches from and to the,
1754 ; 141, 142.
- letter of the, 1763 ; xxiii, 407.
Alberoni, Cardinal, compendium of the Life of; 242.
Albert, Archduke, letters from, 1603 ; 149.
letters to ; 151. See Archduke.
a treatise on, by John Garland ; ib.
treatises on; 123, 272.
- transcripts of ; 186.
treatise on, by John Bubelem, 1384 ; 186, 244.
| Alchorne, Thomas, letters of; 277.
Alcock, John. See Abbey of the Holy Ghost.
prevention of the Spanish match, 1620; 204.
books of licenses and recognisances of ; 52. See Innkeepers.
account of the receiver of profits on licenses for keeping,
notes concerning, temp. Jac. I. ; 285. '
captives in, proposal in Parliament for the relief of, 1624 ;
- report on their petition ; ib.
pressing Algerine pirates, 1638 ; 75. A treatise on the
same subject; 76.
captives in ; ib.
of captives there, 1641 ; 84. See Angiers.
licenses and pardons of, draft of an Act touching ; 25.
the multitude of; 70. See Glass ; Cloth.
succession ; 235.
letters of ; 334. See Allen, W.
oath of, a list of Lords who had not taken the (in Parlia-
ment), 1610; 12.
1610 ; 13.
the ; 339. See Bellarmine.
Joshua, letters of ; 428.
W., Cardinal, letter of ; 196. See Allan.
report on the Duke of Northumberland's MSS. at ; 45.
inventory of household stuff, &c. in ; 63.
Abbot and convent of, grant to the ; 47.
grant of property at, ib.
Matthew, colonel ; 266.
- his letter to the Marquis of Buckingham ; 300, 326.
extracts and copies from the Archives at Brussels relating
to the administration of the ; 236 (bis).
letter from the, 1560 ; 262.
precedents for confining ; 244.
temp. Ann, ; 252.
ceremonials on the reception of, 1710 ; 250.
France ; Portugal; Prussia; Russia; Spain ; Sweden; &c.
their commissioners about the ; 190.
letters to and from, 1748 ; 222.
correspondence of, 1763-8; 223.
draft of an Act touching fishing voyages to the sea-coasts
of, 1621 ; 21.
spect to their colonists in, 1754 ; 141, 142,
France respecting the differences between England and
France in, 1756, (copy); 132.
English in, 1756 ; 134.
on the compensation to be given by the colonists to the
sufferers in the late riots there, 1766 ; 145.
English measures towards, 1768; 140.
politics of, 1780–2; 140.
the duty on, 1749–50 ; 226.
letters and papers relating to the, 1775-80 ; 108.
1776 ; 124.
petition of, to the King ; 14.
an unlawful assembly of ; 93.
Charles I. to the, 1653 ; 420.
H., letter from ; 165.
Patrick, letters of; 334.
de patre Carolo Barretio ; ib. 1
E., letter of ; 300.
Major, letters to; 190.
F., letter to ; 156. Sce Aungier.
George, letters of; 334.
letter from the [t. Jac. I.]; 180.
collection; 426, 428.
Archibald, contract between Lady Margaret Douglas and,
respecting the Earldom, 1565; 394.
William, acknowledgment by, 1630; 395.
François d'Alençon, brother of Charles IX., letters of; 288.
posed match with the ; 297.
autographs of the ; xii.
Annandale, Marquis of:
Arabella, Lady. See Stuart, Lady Arabella.
Arabic proverbs ; 244.
Arabic words, vocabulary of ; 123.
Arable land, draft of an Act against the conversion of, into
Arbroath, abbey of, warrants by Mary Q. of Scots and James VI.
respecting the ; 394.
Arbuthnot, letters of; xiv, 198..
Lord, MSS. of, to be inspected, x.
Archbishops and Bishops, a treatise on; 213.
Ernestus, letter from, to Queen Elizabeth ; 203.
James, Captain, letters of; 428.
Lucas, letters of; 428.
Patrick, letters of; 428.
Arches, Court of:
decree of the, 1402 ; 292.
a citation to the, temp. Edw. Vl. ; 46.
Architecture, English, letter concerning, 1765; 291.
...., letter from ; 160.
Ardglass, Lord, letters of ; 428.
Arenberg, Count d’, letter from ; 149.
– letter touching her relations with her ministers, 1710; Earl of, Archibald, his action against the Earl of Lennox,
- letter touching the army of [15657; 394.
- letter of James VI. to the tenants of the, 1603; 396.
_ letters from the, 1603 seq.; 149, 152, 159, 174.
- letters of protection by the [t. Car. I.?); 408.
Marquis of, Archibald, bond of relief by, 1642 ; 413.
Lord, letters of, in the Ormonde collection ; 428.
Duke of, private memorial for the, 1703 ; 403.
-- John, Commissioner to the Scotch Parliament, letters
of, 1705-6 ; xxv, 421.
- letters relative to the, 1715 ; 372, 377.
Arigoni, Cardinal, letters of; 334.
Arismendy, John, of London, will of; 277.
Latin treatise on, 16th cent. ; 114.
a treatise falsely ascribed to (Secreta Secretorum); 243.
a treatise on ; 108.
Rules of, by Edward Cocker; 124.
Arley Hall (Cheshire), report on Mr. R. E. Egerton Warburton's
MSS. at; 290.
letters of the, 1665–9, 245 ; 1666, 269, 1673, 197; 1674, 266.
letters to the, 1666, 190; 1674, seq., 190.
letters from and to, 1672; 43.
letters of the, in the Ormonde collection ; 428.
Armagh, Archbishop of :
Thomas, license to, to receive native Irish into his protec-
tion, 1576; 227.
John (elect), letters of, 1660[-1]; 41.
Oliver Plunket, Transactions and Letters of, 1681 ; 261.
See Plunket; Usher.
Armine (York), manor of, petition touching the ; 34.
letter touching, 1559[-60]; 37.
makers, petition of, to Parliament ; 178.
and bows, bill for ; 231.
An alphabet of, (being a large collection of coats of arms);
collection of, taken out of Guillim Ashmole and other
eminent heralds ; 208.
treatise concerning ; ib.
grant of ; 246.
College of, receipt for a subscription towards the rebuilding
of the, 1673; 293.
Office of, the first foundation of the ; 213.
Officers of: Abuses committed by Painters and others to
the prejudice of the, by W. Smith, Rouge Dragon ; 253.
Arms, orders to search for, 1660 and 1683; 245.
search for, 1661 ; 259.
orders to restore, 1664 ; 245.
taken at various houses, lists of (1666 ?] ; 245.
letters relating to the search for, 1683 ; 96.
Archie, son of the Laird of Quhithauch, letters touching
the custody of, 1576, 1587, and 1597 ; 422.
Archibald, jester or “ plesant” to James I. ; xxiv, 409.
- attendant on Prince Charles (to Spain); xviii, 284.
111. to ; 297 rindel of Wardour,
Mr. (alias Sewell), letters of; 334.
Thomas, Sir, letters of ; 428.
letters about the, temp. Hen. VIII. ; 298.
counties to the, 1599; 51. .
- 1638 ; 40.
plan for augmenting the domestic forces, 1782; 146.
See Military Levies.
report on Mr. Robert Dundas's MS. at ; 414-416.
See Dundas, Mr.
charters of lands in ; xxii, 402.
James, agreement respecting the slaughter of the Earl of
Lennox by, 1530 ; 393.
to, by compulsion, 1549; 403.
dence of; 426.
Lady, letters of; ib.
Captain, letter from ; 157.
Robert, letters of ; 228.
Dance of; 6.
William de Albini, charters by ; 216.
- a letter written by, to the Queen's Majesty, when he
- causes of his indictment, 1589 ; ib.
- his “ Apologie upon his restraynt for accepting the
- in the Ormonde collection ; 428.
- commission to, as general of the army to be raised,
the North under, 1639; 79.
letters of; ib.
Thomas, passport by, 1606; 164.
sister Cicely Clare, death of ; 340.
presentation copy to Edw. VI. of his Toxophilus; 244.
letter to; 297.
 ; 145.
Raphe, report of the deputies of ; 244.
Sir Anthony, suit by, for conspiracy against his life ; 61.
Lord, letters of, 1667-8; 245.
summonses for ; 318.
in the Star Chamber ; 54 seq.
at Perth, 1618, a summons to; 423.
letters concerning, temp. Anne and Geo. I.; 370 seg.
list of persons for an, 1619 ; 16.
rolls ; 344, 346.
reports of cases before justices in Eyre at, temp. Edw. III. ;
xvii, xviii, 252, 267.
Sussex, and Surrey) ; 252.
notes of cases at the, 1616-18; 268.
between, t. Hen. VI. ; 295.
bis, 166 bis, 167 passim, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177,
letters to; 157, 169, 177, 180.
a letter on the art of, 14th cent.; 199.
- 15th cent. ; 186.
cent. ; 112.
regio, 15th cent. ; 208.
treatises on; 123.
conveyance by the ; 317.
common for the ; 354.
Duke of, muniments of the, to be inspected ; x, 402.
note to the, 1715; 373.