Excerpt from Eton College Lists, 1678-1790
MY object in publishing the present volume is to supplement as far as possible the records of the School previous to 1791, when the School Lists first began to be printed. Before that date, in the absence of any printed record, it has been hitherto almost impossible to say whether any particular boy was at Eton or not, and it is my hope that the lists here printed with the accompany ing index may to some extent remove this difficulty.
The present volume contains lists for the following years, viz.: 1678, 1698 (printed in Appendix 1706, 1707, 1718, 1725, 1728, 1732, 1742, 1745, 1747, 1753, 1754 and 1756 - 1790. I should not have presumed to print so incomplete a collection, had I any expectation that by a longer delay I might be able to discover an appreciable number of the missing lists. But taking into consideration the fact that Etonians have been collecting these ms. Lists for some seventy years, and moreover that during the last four years I have done all in my power, both by circulars to Old Etonians and by public advertisements, to discover further lists, I think it better to publish at once those in existence than to defer publication indefinitely. For it is, I fear, hardly probable that a. Complete set of lists even for the first half of the 18th century will ever be brought together, though I am not without hope that this volume, by exciting interest in the subject, may lead to further discoveries.
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