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Soe. (1932), 149- 30 RISE OF THE SECRETARY results. The seal continued to be the centre of the administrative machine, but its pre-eminence was much impaired by the incursions of the signet. This is what one would expect: even Henry VI, as has been seen, succeeded in having the place of the most personal of the three seals recognized in the teeth of council opposition, and it causes no surprise to find that the restoration of strong kingship was accompanied by increasing encroachments of the signet on the seal which the council had looked like making its peculiar weapon in the first half of the century.

B. i, fo. 192. * Ibid. fo. 191. ' The intention was laudable, and as we have seen desirable, but it remained an intention; nothing at all was done. The same is true, as far as appears, for the main body of projected reforms embodied in the first paper; 1 they are quite detailed and would have produced much centralization and much improvement in efficiency, but there is not the faintest sign that any of them were ever put into practice. From our point of view they are none the less valuable, for at least they indicate fairly fully the kind of mind and principle brought to the business of administration at this juncture.

267 ff. Lett, and Pap. of Richard III and Henry VII, 1. 83. 8 Newton says that the king, with the assistance of these men appointed by word of mouth, performed in effect the duties of the later general surveyors (op. cit. 362). ). Lander, 198 ff. 2 28 SURVEYORS AND AUDITORS feudal obligations to the crown of which the right of wardship was the most important and most profitable. 2 The business that remained—there was a good deal of it—was handed over in August 1508 to Sir Edward Belknap as surveyor of the king's prerogative.

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