THE present Volume, compiled on the principles detailed by
Mr. Lemon in his Preface to the Volume of State Paper Calendars
edited by him, is the first of a series of three, which will include
the English State Papers of the time of James I. As it commences
with the virtual, though not nominal, union of the Kingdoms of
England and Scotland, it has been thought advisable that the
Scottish Papers, which, antecedent to this period, are a distinct
series, should be incorporated with the English.
The Papers relating to the Gunpowder Plot also, which have
hitherto formed a separate collection, are now calendared in chronological sequence with the other Papers.
The Second Volume is already in progress, and will be completed,
it is hoped, in the course of next year; and the concluding Volume
will follow as rapidly as may be, consistently with the care
required in the compilation of works of this description.
State Paper Office,