Calendar of the Cecil Papers in Hatfield House, Volume 19, 1607. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1965.
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The papers calendared in this volume have, in the main, been printed in chronological order; but from page 397 onwards it was not practicable to follow this procedure as the original manuscripts there calendared are either merely dated "1607" (usually on the dorse alone) or are not dated at all.
However in a number of cases internal evidence and subsequent research have made it possible to assign to these manuscripts a more precise or at least a tentative date. It is hoped that the cross-references and explanatory footnotes will help to elucidate problems of dating.
As is there mentioned, the first letter is endorsed "1607" but the second bears no date at all. Internal evidence shows that, as indicated by the round brackets, they were written in October and November respectively—the exact date of the second letter being probably November 24.
I am glad to express my thanks to Miss Clare Talbot, the Librarian and Archivist at Hatfield House, for much kindness, and to Mrs. E. Duncan-Jones, Professor G. B. Harrison, and Mr. I. A. Shapiro for helpful suggestions regarding the songs printed on pages 490–2 and referred to in the Introduction.