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THE REPORT OF THE Lords Committees, Appointed by the House of Lords To View and Consider the Publick Records. AS ALSO, In what Manner and Place the same are now kept: Together with their Lordships ADDRESS to his MAJESTY thereupon, and His MAJESTIES most Gracious ANSWERS. LONDON. Page (4): wise to View all such other Public Records as they shall think fit and in what Manner and Place the same are now kept, as follows. THAT their Lord-ships did, in the first place. Send for and Examine the Two Senior Six Clerks of the Court of Chancery; who acquainted their Lordships, That there Were a vast Quantity of Bills, Answers, Depositions of Witnesses, and other Pleadings, from the Reign of King Charles the First, which about Six Years Since, were bundled up and put into a proper Condition. Page (5): Condition to be Transmitted to the Tower; but upon Enquiry there, it was said, That there was no Reception for them in the Record Room: However Sir Christopher Wren having, by the Direction of the then Lord Chancellor, viewed several Places in the Tower, and found a handsome Room there, as he thought proper to be fitted up for receiving and keeping the said Records, Application had been made to the Treasury concerning this Matter; between whom, and the Officers of Ordnance, who Claimed that Room, there has been a Dispute, which is not yet determined. The said Six Clerks further informed the Committee… Page ( 1O6 ): accordingly, amounts to about Eighty Pounds. The Committee have also Viewd the Chapter-House afore mentioned, and having Directed the like Estimate to fee made of the Charge which Fitting up thereof will occasion, the same amounts to about Two hundred and ninety Pounds. And upon this Occasion their Lordships observing, That the Custody of the said House is in the Two Deputy Chamberlains and the Auditor of the Exchequers Clerk, and that Three Keys belong thereunto, without which Re-course can be at no Time had to the Records there; the In-conveniences whereof being so very obvious, the Committee ( 1O7 ) only mention it for Your Lordships Consideration, That if you shall please to give Directions in relation to that Place, and the Records therein, that the said Inconveniency may be for the future prevented. The Committee, as they proceeded, made Inquiry, Whether any Manuscripts, Books, Calendars, or Indexes, belonging to any of the Records of the Exchequer, had been lost or imbezilled; and were thereupon Informed, That several Manuscripts, being chiefly Abstracts or Calendars, had been prepared by Mr, Le Neve, and the late Mr. Lowe, whilst they were Deputy Chamberlains; which their Lordships, upon a careful, Page (108 ) Examination, conceiving to have been Compiled at the Expence and Labour of those Gentlemen respectively; and Mr. Le Neve, and the Executor of Mr. Lowe, being willing to part with the said Manuscripts, provided they might have a reasonable Gratuity for their Labour in Compiling the same, being of great Use for the more easy finding and understanding the Records to which they relate, the Committee conceive it woud be a Publick Service., that a reasonable Reward may be given for the said Manuscripts, to the End they may be placd and remain in the repective Offices to which they belong for the Use above mentioned ..
Printed by John Baskett, Printer to the Kings most Exellent Majesty, And by the Assigns of Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hill, deceasd MDCCXIX. Ordered, that the said report, together with the address of the House to His Majesty, and his Majesties most gracious answer thereunto, be forthwith printed in an Octava Volume, Wm. Cowper, Cler Parliamentor. We must thank those committees in perserving our British Public Records still to be seen at the British Library and Public Record Office in London today. A very rare book, a book collectors dream, to hold and pass on to the next safe pair of hands.
Hardcover book bound in gilt decorated paneled leather. Light wear