The London Record Society is once more indebted to the Corporation of
London for permission to publish a record in its custody. The roll here
printed contains the fullest surviving record of the crown pleas for the City
of London held before the itinerant justices at the Tower in 1244, together
with the record of a special session in 1246 concerning purprestures.
Before the Second World War, Dr. Chew transcribed the document for
the Corporation and it is upon her transcript that the present edition is
largely based. Dr. Chew is also responsible for the translation which she
made specially for this volume. Professor Weinbaum has written the
introduction, devised the critical apparatus, and prepared the whole work
for the press. The American Council of Learned Societies made a grant
which enabled Professor Weinbaum to work in London. Mr. C. A. F.
Meekings has been kind enough to comment upon the introduction and to
write part of the section dealing with the eyre's financial issues. Professor
C. N. L. Brooke read the whole typescript and made a number of valuable
suggestions. Both editors have also asked me to thank Professor C. R.
Cheney, Miss Joan Gibbs and Miss Rachel Doble who, in various ways,
assisted in the preparation of this edition.