§ SIR THOMAS ESMONDE
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury if he is aware the calendaring of the manuscripts of the Irish Franciscans is nothing like finished, and that the volume so long promised by the Historical Manuscripts Commission as the result of their examination of these manuscripts will be but a very imperfect and partial representation of them; and if he can give any assurance that the volume stated to be in the printer's hands, and promised now for several years, will be published within the next sit months, and that the completion of the calendar of these manuscripts will be proceeded with, aid by whom.
§ MR. VICTOR CAVENDISH
I understand that a Report on Franciscan Manuscripts in the Convent at Merchants Quay, Dublin, is well advanced at press, and will in all probability be issued within the next six months. The great bulk of the material not included in the volume now in press does not appear to come within the scope of the operations of the Historical Manuscripts Commissioners.