Excerpt from Publications of the Catholic Record Society, Vol. 1 Few people probably know that some fifty years ago an attempt was made to establish a Catholic Record Society. For many reasons the times seemed favourable for such an undertaking, and after much deliberation the late Lord Acton and others en deavoured to obtain the support of the Catholic body for a society which it was proposed to call the Lingard Club, very similar to the society which now presents its members with the first volume of its transactions. The then Sir John Acton was keen and even enthusiastic on the matter, and he promised as his initial con tribution to the work of the club, a list of printed books and docu ments dealing with Catholics and Catholic interests in the latter half of the sixteenth century and the first half of the seventeenth: a work which would have been invaluable, and which his extensive and peculiar - not to say astonishing - knowledge of the literature of that period rendered him especially qualified to undertake. According to the project, this was to have been accompanied or followed by a similar catalogue of papers and documents of interest and importance for Catholic history during the same period, which were then still unprinted in the Public Record Office, the British Museum and elsewhere. This list of manuscript sources would have been undertaken by Mr Richard Simpson, who by long and arduous researches in archives and libraries, both in England and abroad, had gathered together extensive collections illustrating the condition of Catholics under Elizabeth and James I, which would have enabled him not only to compile the invaluable catalogue suggested, but to have followed it up with transcripts of papers up to that time wholly unknown. Unfortunately the project failed to elicit the support of the Catholics, and the Lingard Club was still born in the minds of the small but brilliant band of scholars who had conceived the idea. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.