IN the preparation of this book I was fortunate to obtain expert and courteous assistance from staff at the Bodleian Library; the British Library; the British Library of Political and Economic Science; the House of Lords Record Office; the Marshall Library, Cambridge; the Library of King's College, Cambridge; the John Rylands University of Manchester Library; the Central Library, Manchester; the Scottish Record Office. I am grateful to the following for kind permission to quote from private papers: The Clerk of the Records, House of Lords; the Reform Club, London; Lord Layton; Mr R. Simon. Many individuals answered my queries or helped in other valuable ways; among them Mr N. Barker , Professor B. Delisle Burns, Mr J. D. Delisle Burns, and Mr D. Hubback. Mr F. B. Singleton, librarian at the Guardian offices in Manchester, placed the account books of the Manchester Guardian at my disposal, thus enabling me to identify dozens of unsigned leaders written by Hobhouse.
Colin Matthew, Ross McKibbin, and Sanjit Maitra generously devoted time and effort to reading parts of the typescript and I was guided on many issues by their perceptive comments. I would also like to thank the British Academy for awarding me a personal research grant.
My parents have, as always, taken a much-appreciated interest in my work, and I have benefited from their observations. My children Jonathan and Daniella have been tolerant of my odd working hours and their company has been a welcome diversion. As. for my wife Irene, the dedication cannot do justice to the many ways in which this book is hers.
Mansfield College, Oxford