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ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE
HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES
COUNTY AND CITY OF LINCOLN,
COMMUNICATED TO THE ANNUAL MEETING
Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland,
HELD AT LINCOLN, JULY, 1848,
WITH A GENERAL REPORT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE MEETING, AND A CATALOGUE
PUBLISHED AT THE OFFICE OF THE INSTITUTE, 26, SUFFOLK
TO BE OBTAINED THROUGH ALL BOOKSELLERS, FROM (THE PRINTERS)
In presenting to the Members of the Institute the TRANSACTIONS of the Meeting held at LINCOLN, the Central Committee desire to express their regret, that the production of the Annual Volumes has unavoidably been impeded by causes which they have in vain sought to control. The contribution to Historical and Antiquarian knowledge, now at length completed, is not a mere Report, or Abstract of Proceedings; it comprises the results of long and careful enquiry; the fruits, in several cases, of many years of assiduous investigation. A due regard to the convenience of the numerous authors to whom the Society has been indebted on the present occasion, called for no ordinary indulgence, in facilities for the revision of their respective productions; whilst the preparation of so many illustrations has demanded greater time and care, than will readily be appreciated by persons not fully conversant with the difficulties attendant on such publications.
The satisfaction with which the achievement of this undertaking must be regarded, would have been greatly enhanced, had it proved practicable to include a subject of paramount importance, the Architectural History of the Minster. The Committee would assure the Society that no endeavours on their part have been wanting to secure some adequate memorial of the Discourse, which formed so striking
a feature of the Proceedings. The Society will entertain a cordial esteem of the kindness of Professor Willis, in forestalling annually for their satisfaction a portion of the great subject, to which his attention has been so long addressed; and at the same time regret deeply, that his pressing avocations render it impracticable to continue the series commenced with such agreeable and instructive effect in former volumes produced by the Institute. Since the desired opportunity has been denied them of giving, in the present volume, that pre-eminence to the Illustration of the Minster, which it justly claims, the Committee have sought to make some amends, by availing themselves to the utmost of other subjects of prominent local interest. In this endeavour the friendly assistance of an antiquary, whose name has long been in high and honourable repute in connexion with all that concerns the Investigation of the Antiquities of his native city, Mr. Willson, has proved of the utmost value, and claims the most grateful acknowledgment.
The Committee have again the gratification of recording the liberality which has aided the present undertaking. They would express their thanks to many whose assistance has proved of signal advantage; and especially to the Marquis of Northampton; Richard Ellison, Esq.; the Rev. the President of the Gentlemen's Society of Spalding; to the Rev. J. L. Petit, the Right Hon. C. d'Eyncourt, M.P., and other gentlemen, who have enriched the volume by contributing illustrations.
The Committee beg to state distinctly that they must not be accounted answerable for any opinions or statements which may occur in the Publications of the Institute; the authors being alone responsible.
26, SUFFOLK STREET, PALL MALL EAST, July 1, 1850.