Excerpt from Supplement to the Bibliographer's Manual of Gloucestershire Literature: Being a Classified Catalogue of Biographical and Genealogical Literature Relating to Men and Women Connected by Birth, Office, or Many Years' Residence With the County of Gloucester or the City of Bri... stol, With Descriptive and Explanatory Notes
This decision gave rise to many questions which it was not easy to answer. If the holding of a local office was to qualify, what offices should give a qualification? And would mere appointment to one suffice, or should it be held for a given time? If residence in the County was to be by itself enough, what length of residence It is obvious that no answers can be given to these questions which do not involve a system of selection which is more or less arbitrary. But some answers had to be found which would keep the Size of this volume within reasonable limits and prevent its usefulness from being impaired by the inclusion of persons who were only remotely connected with the County.
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