Magdalen College (Classic Reprint)

H. A. Wilson

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The task which has been attempted in the preparation of this volume has not been an easy one; but the difficulty has not been in the lack of material. The original records of the College, charters, accounts, and registers of various kinds are abundant. As to the biography of the members of the College, and many matters connected with its history, the labours of the late Dr. Bloxam have brought together a large and useful collection of material, which is only in part represented by the seven volumes of his published Register of the College, and by the two volumes of the New Series, already published by Mr. Macray. I can hardly sufficiently acknowledge the debt which this volume owes to the labours of these zealous workers, and in particular to Mr. Macray's careful scrutiny of the College muniments and accounts. In my own examination of the documents I have rarely found anything worth notice which had escaped his observation; and, while I have endeavoured throughout to form my own judgment on the evidence, the cases in which I have seen reason to differ from his view are extremely rare.

While the work has in one way been aided by this wealth of material, it has been necessary to go over a A great deal of ground, and it has not been an easy matter to present the results in any readable form within the compass of a single volume of strictly limited size.

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