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Excerpt from The North Riding Record Society, Vol. 9: For the Publication of Original Documents Relating to the North Riding of the County of York Among the many things in the present volume of North Riding Records inviting, or perhaps calling for, comment, one seems to stand forward with something like a superior claim. What I refer to is the incorporation in the contents of the volume of two or three con temporary records of a formal partition and subsequent inclosure of certain areas of land which previously had been Open, undivided, and common. And the claim to notice put forward by such matters depends upon the fact that, practically, these transactions have already become things that are forgotten, and indeed things that have left not only no trace, but, for the most part, no tradition even, that they ever have been. This may seem either to imply considerable antiquity - a space of time long enough to justify rather than only warrant oblivion - or that the transaction in question was one of little general interest, or one that affected but a few persons only, and those of small account. But the inference, in either form, would be a mistaken one: for the antiquity is not great, and the persons whose interests were affected were not a few, and, relatively to the community of which they were members, by no means insignificant. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.