Contributed by Miss Virginia Rau
Diplomatic and General History
It was well said a few years back, in respect of the British Consuls in Lisbon: «Never «a bed of roses, the office of British Consul seems to have been the most arduous and «painstaking office imaginable, and deservedly worthy of a separate study» (1).
With just the idea of adding a little further towards this study, one which I am sure will some day attract the attention of other investigators, and towards which both Mrs M. S. Jayne (2 ), and Mr. A. R. Walford, have furnished a solid foundation, I am venturing in this brief note to deal with some of the documents in the Portuguese Royal Chancery relating to John Ryder, Onofrio Aldington, Thomas Maynard, and Peter Beliston, my remarks being merely intended as a commentary upon the researches of the above-cited authors.
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