The King's Servants: The Civil Service of Charles I, 1625-1642

The King's Servants: The Civil Service of Charles I, 1625-1642

The King's Servants: The Civil Service of Charles I, 1625-1642

The King's Servants: The Civil Service of Charles I, 1625-1642

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I have tried to explain in the Introduction what my purpose has been in writing this book. I wish here to thank all those who have helped me in its preparation.

I am grateful to the Master and Fellows of Balliol College, Oxford, for having elected me to a Junior Research Fellowship, tenable for the years 1951-4, and particularly to my former Tutor, Mr Christopher Hill for having constantly stimulated and encouraged my interest in seventeenth-century history. I owe much to my former supervisor, Professor R. H. Tawney, who has given me a great deal of help and advice; I am also indebted to Professor Wallace Notestein for encouragement and several useful suggestions in the early stages of my research.

I am grateful to those who have helped me over sources and other points: including Professor L. W. Forster, Mr. G. Hammersley, Dr. G. L. Harriss, Professor E. Hughes, Canon J. S. Purvis, Mr. G. D. Squibb, Q.C., Mr. Lawrence Stone, Mr. A. F. Upton, Professor R. B. Wernham, Dr. Penry Williams, and Miss Jean S. Wilson, and to all the county archivists and others who have answered my queries about manuscripts in their custody.

I should also like to thank the staffs of all the libraries and record offices where I have worked while collecting material for this book: including the British Museum, the Public Record Office (especially Mr. H. N. Blakiston and Mr. E. K. Timings), the Literary Research department of Somerset House, the Institute of Historical Research, the Bodleian Library, Mr. V. Quinn of the Balliol College Library, the John Rylands Library, the Central Reference Library, and the University Arts Library in Manchester, the National Library of Wales, the County Record Offices of Bedfordshire, Berkshire (especially Mr. P. Walne), Buckinghamshire (especially Mr. E. J. Davis), Essex, Gloucestershire (especially Mr. I. E. Gray), Hampshire, Hertfordshire (especially Mr. J. R. L. Whitfield), Lancashire, Middlesex, and Northamptonshire (especially Mr. P. King), the Leeds and Sheffield City Libraries, the Dorchester Museum, the William Salt Library (Stafford), the Dagenham Borough Library, and the Minet Library (Brixton) and Miss W. D. Coates of the National Register of Archives.

I should like to thank the following for their hospitality, and for kindly allowing me to read and cite manuscripts in their custody . . .

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