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«t*HE compilers of this Catalogue, as they send the last sheets of it to press, are overwhelmed with a sense of its defects Not only have they had to prepare most of it within the space of a week, but they have been under the necessity of making the Catalogue before the appearance of the exhibits, merely from the descriptions furnished by exhibitors. These descriptions have naturally varied so much in fulness and lucidity as to make uniformity impossible. Moreover, in writing their introductory sketches and the longer notes, pressure of time has precluded them from referring to authorities and from balancing their judgments. Hence they are deeply conscious of the crudity and incompleteness of some of their remarks.
Nevertheless, they feel that any Catalogue is better than no Catalogue, and they issue this in the hope not only that it may act as a guide to the Exhibition during the week of its existence, but that it may serve as a permanent record of some of the more important of the antiquities of Southampton. It is too much to expect, perhaps, that it should give any help towards the formation of a Southampton Museum, similar to that which exists in Winchester, in Salisbury, and, indeed, in most towns which have anything of a history behind them. But there is no doubt that the formation of such a museum is an ideal which all who love Southampton and feel an interest in its noble annals should keep steadily before them. One may venture to dream as one stands amid all these relics of the past—now for the first time gathered together and soon to be dispersed—of such a collection permanently enshrined in some such magnificent abode as the Tudor House. Here would be cared for and placed on view the choicest of the Borough Documents the " Regalia." the most interesting of the pictures and
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