SO MANY people have helped me in gathering the material for this book that the list of names would make monotonous reading. I have, therefore, preferred to acknowledge my debt in footnotes, or under particular chapters, to many individuals, especially in French Canada, who have shown me documents and answered my questions on their specialized field of research.
I must here record my gratitude to the staff of the Public Record Office in London who have been patiently answering my questions and finding documents for me ever since I first began to work in colonial history many years ago. I must also acknowledge my debt to individual members of the staff of the Public Archives of Canada who have guided me through the intricacies of the ever increasing treasure of private papers and rare pamphlets which have been accumulating since I first visited Ottawa. In particular my thanks are due to the present Archivist, W. Kaye Lamb, whom I have bombarded with requests for maps and photostats which I should have gathered when I was on the spot; to Gustav Lanctôt, the former Archivist, who gave me a number of valuable leads and suggestions on political and constitutional matters which I have been following up ever since; to Miss Norah Story, and her assistant, Mr. William Ormsby, who have helped me to find manuscripts; and to Miss Corinne Richard who assisted me on some of the knottier problems of translation. I have also received valuable assistance from Miss Juliette Bourque, the Librarian in the Archives Building, who was especially helpful in finding biographical material hidden away in journals and proceedings of various Canadian societies, most of it published many years ago; and to A. J. H. Richardson, now the Secretary of the National Monuments Commission, whose notes and suggestions on British mercantile families and companies in Quebec and Montreal helped to straighten me out on many points about the 'English Party' in the province.
Finally I must thank Professor Marine Leland of the French Department of Smith College for helping me to meet and discuss my problems with French Canadian scholars in Quebec and Montreal, and to Professor Laurence Stapleton, of the English Department of Bryn Mawr College, who read the manuscript and made useful suggestions