An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex, Volume 1, North West. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1916.
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ROYAL COMMISSION ON HISTORICAL MONUMENTS (ENGLAND).
REPORT OF THE INDEX COMMITTEE.
To the Chairman, Lord Burghclere.
1. We have given careful attention to the request of the Commission at its sixteenth meeting (28th October, 1913) to consider additions and amendments to the Indices of the Commission's inventories and respectfully submit our conclusions in an Appendix to this Report.
2. The small number of suggestions received from the critical public to whom the inventories appeal, as well as the special appreciation of the technical journals in the press, are a proof that the Indices already published have not inadequately fulfilled their purpose, and we desire in the first place to record our satisfaction with the manner in which the Official Indexer and the editorial staff have carried out the instructions given to them by the original Index Committee of the Commission.
3. It will be remembered that this Committee, with a view to assisting in the co-ordination and correlation of archæological Indices generally, adopted in a great measure the conclusions of the Index Committee of the Congress of Archæological Societies.
4. We are in entire agreement with these principles and the Commission will see that our proposals do not in any way contravert them.
5. Part I of the Appendix to this Report consists of a re-statement (with such omissions and additions as experience has proved to be desirable) of the main Subject Headings recommended for the Index ; while Part II is confined to general and specific recommendations with regard to the manner of indexing certain items in the Subject list.
6. The special thanks of the Committee are due to Miss Duncan, to whom the task of correcting the proofs of former Indices was entrusted, for the valuable amendments which she brought forward for our consideration, and to Miss Petherbridge, and her assistant, Miss Bloxam, for the preparation of a Subject Index, which has been used by the Committee as the basis for the Subject Index which we now submit.
We have the honour, My Lord, to remain,
Your obedient humble Servants,
(Signed) WILLIAM PAGE.
C. R. PEERS.
GEORGE H. DUCKWORTH,
11th November, 1915.