Oxford Life

Oxford Life

Oxford Life

Oxford Life

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I owe many debts: to the President and Fellows of Magdalen for allowing me to reproduce Pyne's watercolour of Dr. Routh, and to Mr. R. B. Pugh, Editor of the Victoria County Histories, for permission to borrow the block; to the Rector and Fellows of Exeter for allowing me to reproduce a page of the College Liber Bursarii of 1636; to the President of St. John's, the Warden of All Souls, the Principal of Brasenose and the Principal of St. Edmund Hall, who corrected my ignorance on particular points; and, above all, to Mr. A. H. Smith, Warden of New College, Vice-Chancellor from 1954 to 1957, who has allowed me to consult him on questions on which I needed information and to quote from the interesting address which he made to Freshmen of the University in the first year of his Vice-Chancellorship.

Writing a book is a solitary business, but illustrating a book is the most companionable affair. Nevill Coghill and Ben Brough of Exeter and Peter Espe of Christ Church were of great assistance to me here. The Editor of the Oxford Mail, Mr. Harford Thomas, and his library staff generously allowed me to plunder the Oxford Mail's fascinating library in search of photographs; and the University Printer, Mr. Charles Batey, and his skilful assistants, in particular Mr. K. E. Butler, for whom nothing seemed to be too much trouble, photographed other pictures and plans for me. I am grateful to them, and to all those who hold the copyright of photographs which I have been allowed to use.

My debt to F. J. H. Sanders of 104 The High extends over a far longer period than the five years in which I have been putting this book together. It is a debt which I share with everybody who is interested in the life and history and buildings of Oxford, and it is the most enjoyable debt imaginable.

Finally, my publisher. It is over twenty years since I first had the good fortune to profit by the wit and wisdom of Douglas Jerrold; now, as on earlier occasions, I am most deeply conscious of the amount that I owe to him and to his colleagues for their skill, imagination and friendly good-temper.

Exeter College, Oxford DACRE BALSDON February 1957 . . .

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