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The works to be published in octavo, separately, as they were finished; the whole responsibility of the task resting upon the editors, who were to be chosen by the Master of the Rolls with the sanction of the Treasury.
The Lords of Her Majesty's Treasury, after a careful consideration of the subject, expressed their opinion in a Treasury Minute, dated February 9, 1857, that the plan recommended by the Master of the Rolls "was well calculated for the accomplishment of this important national object, in an effectual and satisfactory manner, within a reasonable time, and provided proper attention be paid to economy, in making the detailed arrange. ments, without unnecessary expense.”
They expressed their approbation of the proposal that each chronicle and historical document should be edited in such a manner as to represent with all possible correctness the text of each writer, derived from a collation of the best MSS., and that no notes should be added, except such as were illustrative of the various readings. They suggested, however, that the preface to each work should contain, in addition to the particulars proposed by the Master of the Rolls, a biographical account of the author, so far as authentic materials existed for that purpose, and an estimate of his historical credibility and value.
MONASTERII SANCTI PETRI
WILLIAM HENRY HART,
OF THE PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE;
FELLOW OF THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF LONDON ;
MEMBRE CORRESPONDANT DE LA SOCIÉTÉ DES ANTIQUAIRES DE NORMANDIE.
PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF HER MAJESTY'S
EYRE and SPOTTISWOODE, Her Majesty's Printers. For Her Majesty's Stationery Office.