Robert Drury's Journal and Other Studies

Robert Drury's Journal and Other Studies

Robert Drury's Journal and Other Studies

Robert Drury's Journal and Other Studies

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When Professor Arthur W. Secord died suddenly on 16 May 1957, he left a number of manuscripts representing years of patient research in many libraries and archives that resulted in solutions to some persistent problems of literary scholarship. The four pieces here printed are drawn from manucripts on which, after Secord's death, little more than editorial work was imperative. Less finished manuscripts calling for additional research have not been included and have been deposited in the University of Illinois Library.

We have chosen to let the papers stand as Professor Secord left them and have not undertaken to impose our own opinions on the materials. Undoubtedly, if Professor Secord had lived to see his own manuscripts through the press, he would have wished to modify, alter, or condense some of his arguments; but under the circumstances we have, we hope wisely, determined to work within the limits of the manuscripts left to us and considered sufficiently finished to warrant publication. It has obviously not been possible to check all quotations and references; but the errors that can be found should not alter the general tendency of the arguments.

We wish to acknowledge the assistance of Professor James R. Sutherland of the University of London, Professor Spiro Peterson of Miami University, and Dr. William H. Bond of Harvard University, all of whom have answered our queries concerning minutiae. We are also grateful to Professor G. Blakemore Evans of the University of Illinois for his help in proofreading the manuscript.

ROBERT W. ROGERS

GEORGE SHERBURN

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