I am delighted once again to thank everyone who has assisted in the publication of this volume of The Bernard Papers. Firstly, my sincere thanks to the Colonial Society of Massachusetts for financing the project, and to John W. Tyler, editor of publications, for his guidance and encouragement. Owen Dudley Edwards and Neil Longley York diligently read the manuscript. The book is all the better for their generosity. My thanks also to Stuart Salmon, Christopher Minty, and Robyn Leith Stewart for their excellent research assistance: they helped transcribe documents, check facts, and proof-read drafts with little fuss and much care. John Catanzariti, former editor of the Jefferson Papers, shaped editorial policy, while colleagues contributed in various ways, notably Emma Macleod and Ben Marsh. Key support was provided by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council; a generous Research Fellowship provided relief from teaching commitments during 2011, enabling me to conduct research for this volume. My sincere thanks also to Jeanne Abboud for her splendid work in designing this volume, and to Kyriaki Tsaganis at Scribe for the digital edition. I am especially pleased to acknowledge the many librarians and archivists who answered my enquiries at the Houghton Library, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the UK National Archives, the National Library of Scotland, the University of Stirling, and the William L. Clements Library of the University of Michigan.

    Permission to publish material from the following collections is herewith acknowledged: the private collections of Robert Spencer Bernard; the Massachusetts Archives Collection, courtesy of the Massachusetts Archives; the Thomas Gage Papers, by permission of the William L. Clements Library.

    This volume is dedicated to Owen Dudley Edwards, whose erudition and enthusiasm have been inspirational throughout my academic career. I am deeply grateful to Owen for his many insights regarding this and other projects. My last debts are the greatest: to my dear wife Catherine and my wonderful daughters, Catriona and Kristen.