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The writing of this book has necessitated consultation of many authorities and reading of many memoirs.
Calendars of State Papers, Historical Manuscripts Commission volumes, Annals and Biographies by Strype, Foxe, Walton and their like, Histories of Burnet, Froude, Green, Church, Creighton and many others, and Dictionary of National Biography articles have been among the classic wells of information into which I have dipped my buckets of research.
But a very large portion of the material for this study of the Women of the Church of England has been derived from special biographies and memoirs of recent publication, from pamphlets, tracts, Times and other newspaper notices, magazine articles and reports of charitable and religious societies. Secretaries of various Church bodies and agencies have also been kindly informing. Interviews and correspondence with many active Churchwomen, and the personal acquaintance I so happily have with some, have been further and most valuable aids.
Among the many writers of the present day to whom I am indebted, and to whom special acknowledgments are not hereafter made, are James Anderson, E. Berens, William Chapman, Jennie Chappell, Eliza Clark, J. D. Cochrane, J. Fyvie, F. D. How, G. Johnstone, John T. Rae, G. A. Rayne, Janet Ross, W. E. Russell, Frederick Sherlock, W. T. Stead and Sarah Tooley. Who's Who, The English women's Year-Book, Hasell's Encyclopedia
and The Church of England Year-Book have also been of service for fixing some names, dates and events.
But from so many sources have come facts and figures, descriptions of and opinions on the women I have chosen as representative of the great body of English Churchwomen, that I know it is not possible to record the name of every writer from whom I have received information of one kind or another. To all who have ground colours for my painting, as well as to those whose earlier characterizations have supplied me with models for my drawing, I am deeply grateful. And I ask that any omissions of acknowledgments may be forgiven me. They are not intentional omissions.
The colours ground and the models supplied, I have endeavoured so to mix and so to re-present as to make an harmonious and effective picture. I trust that my history of the Women of the Church of England may prove interesting, and that it will not be considered a drawback to its usefulness or a detraction from such satisfaction as it may produce, if it be found that, in some instances, I have transmitted impressions received from earlier biographers.
JERUSHA D. RICHARDSON. October 1907