Excerpt from A Student's Guide to the Manuscripts Relating to English History in the Seventeenth Century in the Bodleian Library
The plan of this guide has been to begin with a general account of the five large collections of seventeenth-century mss., and then to arrange under headings separate items, dividing them into two sections, the first extending to 1660, the second covering the years 1660-1714. It is assumed that the student will read right through this guide, so no cross-references are given. An attempt has been made throughout to point out where considerable parts of a ms. Have been printed. It will be seen that the most valuable materials are those relating to the Puritan Revolution, and these, although they have been carefully studied, would still yield a rich gleaning. But both before 1640 and, more especi ally, after 1660, there are vast stores of documents which have suffered an undeserved neglect at the hands of our historians.
It is my pleasant duty to acknowledge the assist ance I have received from Professor 0. H. Firth in compiling and arranging this little guide. Apart from much kind advice, I am, in common with others, much indebted to the article he contributed to the Mariner's Mirror in August, 1913, on Papers relating to the Navy in the Bodleian Library. The existence of this article has enabled me to omit some of the less important naval mss.
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