Thank you!

Very few things worth doing can be done by one person acting alone, and while the responsibility for errors is mine alone, a great many others made my job easier through their help and their encouragement. There is little order to the names; otherwise, I would have had to rank their importance, and I was unwilling to do that. Inevitably, I have left some people out, and to each of them I apologize. Include the omission of your name among my other errors and forgive me, please.

Thank you, Elizabeth Hummerstone. You replied courteously to my first enquiry in 2001, even inviting me to the "Savery museum" in Devon. As your godmother's literary heir, you authorized me to print a limited edition of The Memoirs of Jack Chelwood and granted me permission to copy unpublished works such as the juvenilia in the de Grummond Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2006 and again in 2010 you welcomed me into your family, allowed me to peruse all of the Savery papers, and entrusted me with about seven cubic feet of them to copy before delivery to the manuscript collection in the Knight Library at the University of Oregon. This web site is a testimony to your generosity.

I cannot thank Elizabeth without thanking the Reverend Jeremy Hummerstone, also. Besides being a gracious host, he duplicated for me several of the illustrations from the Savery family magazines including the one I have used on the "Documents" page. He has also served as secretary and amanuensis when I wished to reach his wife by email. Their delightful grown children made me feel very much at home in Devon, in Oxford, and in London!

Thank you, Agneta Thomson. Like me you read Emeralds for the King as a child and returned to it many years later, but you did so in time to open a fruitful correspondence with the author during the last decade of her life. When my own interest was reawakened a year after Constance died, you responded promptly and accurately to my many questions, shared with me the rare documents that she had shared with you, and encouraged me in my investigations. You prepared neat typescripts of both Jack Chelwood and Haggiston Hall for their author, sent them on to me along with a number of shorter works, and had pertinent things to say about the dozens of booklets I sent to you containing Constance's short stories and articles. I particularly valued the tape recording you sent in which she read twenty-one of her poems. Many of these were new to me, and I was very pleased to hear her voice.

When in 2003 I wrote to Savery's birthplace, Froxfield in Wiltshire, for information concerning places mentioned in the poem Remembered Charms, Moya Dixon sent me many postcards and other pictures, along with newspaper clippings and information concerning All Saint's Church. We exchanged more letters, and I was glad to have a few things with which to reciprocate when the church celebrated its 700th year in 2007. I enjoyed the recording she sent me of that celebration!

I am grateful to Martin Stone, Chief Executive, Methodist Publishing House, for permission to copy Savery articles published in METHODIST MAGAZINE, to Dr. Peter Nockles and Mrs. Danielle Shields at the John Rylands University Library of Manchester for locating and copying twenty-four of them, and to Heather J. Boyes, Emma J. Venables, and Caroline Royce in the University Finance department for assisting me in the means to transmit pounds sterling from rural Kentucky.

Adrian Brink at Lutterworth Press was one of Savery's correspondents, and I was pleased when it was he who replied to my 2004 letter asking about her copyrights. We exchanged a couple letters. Later, when I had the opportunity to borrow Vi Rømmer from Norway through an Inter-Library Loan, it was he who gave me permission to make a single copy.

I learned of the existence of the METHODIST MAGAZINE articles and scores of other works by consulting the fair copy of Savery's diary in the University of Oregon library. I am grateful to Linda Long for her courteous attention on my first visit, for her continuing interest in Savery's work, for arranging for my authorized copy of Work Diary, vol. V, and--especially--for accumulating the finest collection of Savery materials on the planet!.

My thanks to Canon John Fitch for information about the parish exhibition that Savery wrote about in Church Uninteresting? and to Richard Fisk, who sent me pictures from Suffolk, recollections of the Savery sisters, and examples of Savery's graphological analyses. Mrs. Ruth Chapman and Paul Scriven assisted these enquiries.

Mrs. J.E. Barnes interviewed Savery at Resthaven in Stroud and sent me a copy of a long letter Savery wrote her about farmers living in the Middleton Parish around 1930, the persons employed at the church there, and a schedule of usual church services. In addition, she allowed me to keep the tape recording she made of the Stroud interview. Thank you Mrs. Barnes!

Stacy Connor retyped Haggiston Hall for me so that I would have it in digital format.

My personal library of Savery material, which is destined for the de Grummond Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi, includes more than two dozen books from the Oregon Bookbinding Company. My thanks to proprietor Steve Kaufman for his excellent work and to Florence Regier for lettering the covers and handling my correspondence.

My good friend Jim Hiestand, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, saw to it that I received Savery books sent there through the Inter-Library Loan Program and, with his wife Fran, made me at home on my trips to such places as the libraries at Emory University and the University of Southern Mississippi. They consider my dog, Cindy, a member of their family, having presented her to me after finding her running wild in the woods fourteen years ago.

Jennifer Woodruff Tait, during her time as Methodist Librarian at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, went well beyond the call of duty in locating Savery stories in 60-year-old Sunday School papers. It is probable she looked at over three hundred different issues of CLASSMATE, finding one story that I had never heard of and another for which I had provided a publication date that was in error by six years!

D. R. Richards, General Manager for The LADY, granted me permission to make booklet copies of two Savery stories and to use a cover illustration from the magazine on each.

Susan Watson, Archivist at the Hazel Braugh Records Center and Archives of the American National Red Cross searched their cumulative index of the RED CROSS JUNIOR NEWS for me and provided photocopies of short stories written by Savery.

I wrote to the Theological Library at Emory University requesting that old issues of certain Methodist publications be retrieved from the archives in advance of my visit, and the staff at the library had them waiting when I arrived. Thank you.

Øystein Norvoll, a teacher at the Borgtun skole in northern Norway, consented to exchange a copy of Sjøløven that had never been checked out, for some new American books. I sent him five--using dozens of US commemorative stamps on the package--and we were both pleased.

I am grateful to Dr. Williams Library in London for locating Cherry Tree Cottage in a back issue of THE CONGREGATIONAL MONTHLY and providing me with the single copy permitted by copyright law.

John Gilbert, Information Assistant, kindly searched records at the University of Birmingham for me, seeking a copy of Savery's thesis, The Teaching of English Poetry.

John R. Moorley, Managing Director, Moorley's Print & Publishing, gave me permission to make a single copy of No King but Christ for a nominal processing fee.

A five-year search for Over Moonless Seas ended happily in 2010 when Leeanne Westwood, Curator of the Valence House Museum, Dagenham, photocopied the serial from uncatalogued parish magazines in their archives. I am pleased that the museum kept these unimportant fifty-year-old magazines and responded so cooperatively to my request.

I spent a number of days in the British Library during the summer of 2006 and found, as others have before me, that the personnel there were courteous, helpful, and efficient.

I am grateful to Joan Waiser, Reference and Genealogy Division, Library and Archives Canada for a speedy and cooperative response to my request for a photocopy of Frost Flowers, which was published in the Canadian journal ONWARD.

M. G. Ingram-Brown, Joint Managing Director, Brown, Son & Ferguson, Ltd, confirmed that his firm still holds the copyright to There Was a Key and granted my request to make a single copy for personal use.

Seth Kasten, Reference Librarian, The Burke Library, Union Theological Seminary, made the necessary arrangements for me to receive a photocopy of Bishop Guy Bullen.

My good friend David Lee, hearing that I knew of no copies of Pippins Hus available in the United States, offered to ask a Danish friend to photocopy the story for me. She preferred to remain anonymous, but both she and David have my thanks. I found the Danish Pippin in Devon subsequently—thank you, ECWH—but this does not detract from their kindness.

Wartime issues of WOMAN'S MAGAZINE are very difficult to find. I am indebted to Ruth Lamb at the Rare Book Room, Waterloo University in Canada, for facilitating my request for photocopies of several Savery stories.

Eva Löfgren, who has an informative web site with a particular emphasis upon Dorita Fairlie Bruce, took the trouble to send me a photocopy of Mad Max Madd including a color scan of the cover of the hard-to-locate annual in which it appeared.

FORWARD! is a journal published by the Sandes Soldiers and Airmen's Centres. Chairman David Elwood responded graciously to my request for information, traced all but one of the items I listed--a mistake on my part(!)--and arranged for them to be copied and mailed to me. A page of Savery's story, The Trumpet of the Lord, was inadvertently omitted, but Sandy Stamps, Executive Director, corrected that deficiency when it was brought to her attention.

My thanks to Joan Pries, Public Services Coordinator at the Regent College Library, Regent College, for locating two articles, Robert Grosseteste and In Defense of 'All That', making photocopies, and sending them to me.

When I was printing 50 copies of The Memoirs of Jack Chelwood, Ryan Madden, Literary Section, U.S. Copyright Office, sent me a long helpful letter explaining how to correct errors in my application for Mrs. Hummerstone's copyright. I appreciate all government employees who tell you how a thing is to be done, rather than telling you reasons why it is impossible!

I am grateful to Dee Jones, then Archivist for the de Grummond Children's Collection, University of Southern Mississippi for providing me with a description of the Savery material preserved in their manuscript collection. Gina Pugliese, Curator of the de Grummond Collection when I visited there in November of 2004, made me very welcome, allowed me to peruse the Savery documents at my leisure, and provided me with an authorized copy of Winifred's Thought Book. Pugliese's successor, Ellen Ruffin, has been a cordial correspondent and has agreed to shelve my collection of Savery books on my decease. I have not planned that event for the near future.

Savery's article Charles Writes His Life inspired me to seek and purchase Charlie's charming 150-year-old autobiography, but it arrived with four pages missing. The bookseller was horrified and offered a refund, but I accepted a £5-rebate instead. Subsequently, I found the book listed in the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature at the University of Florida, where Curator Rita J. Smith sought it out and copied my missing pages for me. Thank you, Ms. Smith!

Since 2001, eBay and AbeBooks have listed hundreds of magazines and annuals containing children's stories, and I have emailed many, many dealers to ask them to search their books for Savery's name. The great majority have done so promptly and politely, and my success in finding these forgotten works depended in great part upon their professional courtesy. I responded to each individual reply with thanks, and welcome this opportunity to thank them collectively.

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