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THE YORK MERCERS
Published for the Society by
ANDREWS & CO., SADLER STREET, DURHAM.
At a Council Meeting of the SURTEES SOCIETY, held in Durham Castle, on Tuesday, 7th March, 1916, the Rev. Henry Gee, D.D., in the Chair,
It was resolved,
That the volume to be issued for the year 1917 be selections from the MSS. belonging to the Merchant Adventurers of York, under the editorship of Miss MAUD SELLERS, Litt.D.
My best thanks are due to Mr. Hamilton Thompson, who not only revised my proofs, but generously allowed me to draw on his unrivalled knowledge of ecclesiastical history. It is impossible for me to express adequately the gratitude I feel for the ceaseless care with which he supervised the passage of this volume through the press. To Canon Fowler I owe thanks for many interesting suggestions with regard to emendations of the text.
It is obviously impossible for a writer to deal successfully in a limited introduction with a period of more than five hundred years, and with matter inclusive of all branches of history, constitutional, industrial, economic, religious, and social. have not attempted the impossible. In my introduction, however, I have tried to give such an analysis that I hope my readers will turn to the text, and study for themselves the documents on which my brief account is based.
To the governor of the Merchant Adventurers, Mr. H. Ernest Leetham, my most cordial thanks are due, for allowing me unrestricted access to all the documents under his charge, and for constant interest in my work.
I have not given a schedule of the sources from which the extracts are selected, as all the documents in possession of the company are now arranged chronologically, enclosed in cartels, and placed in the hall, where they may be consulted any weekday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Early importance of York, i; three strongly contrasted periods in
Rent rolls of hospital
Meetings of mistery-account rolls-pageant
Complaint of tyranny of governor in mart town-account rolls-
Pageant account and rent rolls-trade in lead
Correspondence about Eastland Co.-change of mart town-sug-