§ MR. CRILLY (Mayo, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he can explain how it is that some of the volumes issued by the Historical Manuscripts Commission in 1888 were allowed to appear without the valuable and exhaustive index which usually accompanies these interesting collections of manuscripts; and if, seeing that the value and usefulness of these volumes are largely enhanced by such an index, he will request the Historical Manuscripts Commission to prepare and publish an index to the manuscripts of the Duke of Rutland, the manuscripts of Marl Cowper, and any other volume of the series that is at present without an. index?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. MATTHEWS,') Birmingham B.
It is distinctly stated. in the first volume of the Report on the Duke of Rutland's manuscripts that the index to the first two volumes will be given at the end of the second. The second volume is now in the press. The index to the three volumes of the calendar of Lord Cowper's manuscripts (two of which have been issued) will be at the end of the third and concluding volume, which is practically complete and in the press. I am not aware that any other volume in the series is at present without an index.