Wilkes and Liberty: A Social Study of 1763 to 1774

Wilkes and Liberty: A Social Study of 1763 to 1774

Wilkes and Liberty: A Social Study of 1763 to 1774

Wilkes and Liberty: A Social Study of 1763 to 1774

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The present volume owes a great deal to the patience, forbearance and generous help afforded me over a number of years by archivists, librarians and assistants in the British Museum, the Public Record Office, the Guildhall Library, the Corporation of London, Middlesex and Surrey Record Offices, and a number of other libraries and archives in London, the Home Counties, the north and the west country. Among them, I am indebted, above all, to Miss E. D. Mercer, F.S.A., County Archivist of Middlesex, and to Dr. A. E. J. Hollaender, F.S.A., Archivist at the Guildhall Library: in fact, the researcher could not hope to find a more faithful friend and a wiser counsellor than I have found in Dr. Hollaender in the course of my various incursions into London's eighteenth-century history in recent years.

Among other scholars whose advice I have sought, I should like to acknowledge a particular debt to Mr. Ian Christie of University College, London, and to Professor Thomas Copeland and Dr. John Woods for helping me to gain such easy and agreeable access to the Wentworth Woodhouse MSS. in the Sheffield Central Library. In this respect, my thanks are due to Earl Fitzwilliam and the Trustees of the Wentworth Woodhouse Settled Estates for allowing me to publish certain extracts from the Burke and Rockingham MSS. in that collection. I also wish to thank the Librarian of the University of Edinburgh Library for permission to refer to Dr. D. G. D. Isaac's unpublished Ph.D. thesis, 'A Study of Popular Disturbance in Britain, 1714-1754', in chapter I, and the Editor of The English Historical Review for allowing me to reproduce in chapter V the substance of my article of October 1960, entitled 'The Middlesex Electors of 1768-1769'.

Adelaide,

May 17th, 1961. G. R.

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