The Overseas Trade of London: Exchequer Customs Accounts, 1480-1. Originally published by London Record Society, London, 1990.
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In editing this volume, I have received help from many quarters. My wife, Eileen, painstakingly typed the text from a difficult script. Dr. Elspeth Veale gave generous assistance with the compilation of the index. Invaluable help has been given by the staffs of the Public Record Office and the Department of Manuscripts of the British Library. The London Record Society is indebted to the Keeper of the Public Records for permission to publish the documents contained in this volume.
I am most grateful to Dr. DeLloyd J. Guth for allowing me to make extensive use of his unpublished thesis on 'Exchequer Penal Law Enforcement, 1485–1509'. Those who have generously advised on specific points include Professor Sydney Anglo, Mr. J. L. Bolton, Miss Heather Creaton, Dr. Brian Dietz, Mr. Geoffrey Harris, Dr. Derek Keene, Mr. Rhys Robinson and the late Mr. John Nevinson.
My special thanks are due to Mr. William Kellaway, the general editor of the London Record Society from 1964 to 1983, who not only suggested this project, but also offered steady encouragement throughout its very slow progress towards completion.