MR. DALZIEL (Kirkcaldy, &c.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, in view of the great interest which attaches to the official correspondence and papers of Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle, covering the whole period of his long career in the Public Service, and especially that portion during which he was Prime Minister, between 1754 and 1762, and now included among the "Additional Manuscripts" in the British Museum, he will consider the possibility, for the aid of students of both national and local history, of having calendars of the collection prepared, in the same form as those of the State Papers in the Record Office, issued under the direction of the Master of the Rolls?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
I have communicated with the Record Office, with whom rests the responsibility of publications of this character, and the answer I have received is that the Newcastle correspondence in the British Museum occupies more than three hundred volumes. I am informed that they cannot say off-hand whether or not the correspondence deserves to be made accessible at an earlier date than other important manuscripts of the same period.