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I wish to thank the following organisations and individuals for their valuable assistance in the production of this book. First, I thank the British Library Board for permission to transcribe Pococke’s eastern travel manuscripts in full (Add MS 22998, Add MS 15779, Add MS 22995 and Add MS 15774), and to cite and quote from other manuscripts both from the Pococke collection and from other related collections (Add MS 22995, Add MS 4824, Add MS 14263, Add MS 52362).

I am also grateful to the boards of the following institutions for allowing me to cite and quote from records in their collections, as listed in the Bibliography: the National Maritime Museum, London, St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, the National Archives of the UK, the National Library of Ireland, Hampshire Archives and Local Studies, Derbyshire Record Office, Waterford Museum of Treasures, Warwickshire County Record Office, the Bodleian Library, the Royal Irish Academy, Waterford City Archives, the National Archives of Ireland, the Fonds des Dessins et Miniatures, Louvre, the Cotton Library, St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore, and the Royal Society.

I am also very grateful to the Very Reverend Katharine Poulton, former Dean of St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny and the Very Reverend Paul Draper, Dean of the Cathedral and Rector of Lismore Union of Parishes, for permission to consult the respective cathedral archives.

Regarding the illustrations, I thank the Fonds des Dessins et Miniatures, Louvre Museum, Paris for permission to reproduce Jean-Etiènne Liotard’s miniature red-and-black chalk drawing of Richard Pococke on the cover of this volume; David Rymill and the Earl of Carnarvon for permission to reproduce the portrait of Revd Isaac Milles, from the collection in Highclere Castle; Donnchadh Ó Ceallacháin and Waterford Treasures for permission to reproduce the painting of Waterford Cathedral; the owner of the early photograph of Newtown House, Newbury (Mrs Pococke’s house), who wishes to remain anonymous; Dr Susan Hood, Librarian & Archivist at the Church of Ireland Representative Church Body Library, for permission to reproduce the portrait of Bishop Pococke from the Episcopal Portrait Collection; and Tony Hand for permission to reproduce his photo of the Montgomery Monument, in Ardbraccan (Pococke’s grave).

I also thank Canon Adrian Empey, for advice on matters of Irish church history and Professor Luigi Lehnus of the University of Milan, for help in deciphering Italian proverbs in the manuscripts.

I am indebted to Dr David Wilson for producing and making available to me a document entitled “More Notes on Richard Pococke’s Letters from Abroad, vol. 3”, in which he identified some of the hitherto unidentified consular officials and merchants in the Levant, from his reading of my original book (2013).

My greatest debt of gratitude is to Maurits H. van den Boogert, who continued in this quest and, through dedicated research into many obscure manuscripts and published works, managed to identify numerous individuals who featured in the letters. I am also grateful to him for writing the Preface to this volume.

I wish to thank my husband, David Kane, for his photographs of the portrait of Richard Pococke and of all the illustrations from A Description of the East and Some Other Countries. I also thank David and our sons Sammy, Jacob and Ben for their enduring patience.

This volume is dedicated to Professor George Leonard Huxley, MRIA, who encouraged and advised me throughout the whole of the original undertaking (the series of three volumes of Pococke’s travel correspondence) and has continued to do so in my subsequent academic and editorial work.

Rachel Finnegan

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