Pedigrees bad been drawn out to an inordinate length b}' giving tbe descents from heiresses, even when they had passed into other counties.
A good deal of some of the pedigrees was simply what could be read in tbe "Peerage" and "Landed Gentry," and I stmck it out, since tbe object of tbe Harleian Society is to print and publish what has hitherto been in manuscript. to John ilutchin- Gilbert Blanchard of Louth, living 1 Oct.
It was a great disappointment to bim and bis friends, but tbe remaining years of his life were devoted to making tbe pedigrees more perfect.
Larken's work ; but there were several which, though they had been to a large extent printed, yet had been greatly improved by Mr. The question aro,-,e, then, whether it would not be better to reprint them. But in the case of Burke's "Peerage and Baronetage" and his " L urle 1 Gentry" there PUEIACE.
I am just sending letter G to the printer; out of thirty-seven pedigrees I liave completely rewritten thirty-three.
Members of the Harleian Society who may have been disposed to comjjlain of the slowness with which this First Volume has been brought out, ought to remember this fact.
Obviously, then, it only remained for me to rewrite the worst-written pedigrees from begnining to end if I wished to ensure freedom from errors.
But this has seriously impeded me and delayed the publication of the Volume.