The publication of the curious Chronicle relative to the latter part of Edward the Third's reign, so ably illustrated by you in the last portion of the Archæologia, has led me more particularly to examine the volume in which that Narrative, together with many other historical and legal Tracts, is bound up, forming Nos. 6215—6232, of the Harleian Collection. The greater part of these Tracts, as you are, no doubt, aware, were certainly once in the possession of Stow (several of them being written with his own hand), and after his death  passed, with his other papers, into the hands of Sir Simonds d'Ewes, whence they were transferred to the noble library of the Earl of Oxford. So far all is void of difficulty. But there is yet another possessor to be accounted for, between the period of Stow's decease and the acquisition of these MSS. by Sir Simonds d'Ewes—I mean, the person who has numbered, and prefixed a title to, the greater part of the contents of the volume in question, and who simply signs his initials R. ST. with the date 1615. I am unable, I confess, satisfactorily to ascertain the individual alluded to, but in No. 6219, I find a paper on the affairs of Scotland, headed by Stow thus: “Out of a great boke of Records borowyd of Master Stevenson.” I conjecture, therefore, that it is to this Master Stevenson we are chiefly indebted for the collection and preservation of the tracts, all of which are more or less valuable to the historian.