I have had help from so many people and institutions that I am reluctant
to list them for fear of omitting someone who should not be omitted.
While doing the research for this volume, I was fortunate to have been
awarded, at different times, a Summer Stipend from the National
Endowment for the Humanities and a grant from the Penrose Fund of the
American Philosophical Society; I owe thanks to both organizations. I am
especially grateful to the past and present staff of the Corporation of
London Records Office: Miss Betty Masters, Mr. James R. Sewell, Miss
Anne Sutton, Mrs. Juliet Bankes, Mr. Piers Cain, and Mrs. Vivienne
Aldous; and Mr. James Pegram, who wheeled so many trollies of
volumes and files to my reading table. I am indebted to the Mercers'
Company and the Drapers' Company for their permission to print
excerpts from their unpublished records and to the clerks and archivists of
a number of livery companies, especially to Mr. Robert Brown, education officer of the Drapers' Company, Miss Jean Imray, the former
archivist of the Mercers' Company, and Miss Sutton, the present archivist. The clerks and other personnel of the Skinners', Clothworkers', and
Goldsmiths' Companies were also very helpful and I am grateful to them
and to their Companies for allowing me to look at their records. Dr.
Caroline Barron's notes on the early Journals cleared a path through
unindexed records. Dr. Martha Carlin's reading of an early draft of the
indexes caught several errors and pointed out omissions. Obviously, all
remaining errors are entirely my own. The late Mr. A. R. B. Fuller,
librarian of St. Paul's Cathedral, and Canon Philip Buckler, of the Minor
Canons of the Cathedral, were generous with their time in allowing me to
go through the records in their care. Special thanks are owing to Mr.
William Kellaway, the general editor of the London Record Society from
1964 to 1983, who not only suggested this project but who answered
questions and offered help throughout its slow path to completion.
Finally, I owe a great many thanks to my daughter, Maranda, to whom
this volume is dedicated, for her encouragement and for hours she spent
in helping me read and reread, check and recheck, certificates and