Page 1. -- The earliest known enumeration of our records occurs in an indenture dated the 9th September, fifth Richard II. by which the records then in the Tower were transferred by a retiring Master of the Rolls to his successor. A translation of that document was published by C. P. Cooper, Esq. in his "Account of the Public Records", i. 449. Since the reign of Richard II. the more ancient records have been transferred from time to time from the Rolls Chapel to the Tower, whenever the former repository has become over-crowded, and a document of the kind now published was executed upon every transfer, but no one has yet been printed. The transfer alluded to in this document was probably the last but one which has taken place from the Rolls. The records of the several kinds here enumerated now in the Tower come down to the end of the reign of Edward IV. A warrant was granted by Elizabeth to transfer the records of the same kind from Richard III. to Edward VI. ( Leland's Collectanea, ii. 656); but for some reason which does not appear, it was not acted upon. Much information upon this subject will be found in Mr. Cooper "Proposal for the Erection of a General Record Office", p. 79.
P. 28. -- Upon the subject of Queen Elizabeth's accession Bishop Goodman ( "Court of King James", by Brewer, i. 418) speaks as follows:
"The Queen deprived all her Bishops: she did not spare Nicholas Heath, Archbishop of York, who being then Lord Chancellor, took special care that Queen Mary's death should be concealed, and none should know it, until himself, sitting that very day in Parliament, desired the Lords that the Commons might be sent for up; who coming, and expecting to have