In choosing this subject for my thesis, I miscalculated the extent of material which would be available. I had thought that as the period I was covering was only a little over thirty years in the past, that at least some of the people who had been involved in those times would still be alive. Unfortunately I was only able to locate Mr. W. Curtis Atkinson, Mr. E.H. Graham and Mr. R.D. McDowell who were willing to discuss the P.L.P. Others were either dead, or too ill to be interviewed, or felt that nothing could be gained by raking over something best forgotten. However I was able to find Mrs. Betty Kennedy, who had been George Webb's secretary for some years. She could remember very little of the period in question, but found a few copies of the Protestant Clarion for me which proved invaluable as I was unable to find any others. Without her and others like her, people who had only been marginally involved in the party, this thesis would probably never have been written.
I cannot mention everyone who was involved in the writing, but special thanks are perhaps due to: Professor C. A. Hughes, my supervisor, for his advice and assistance throughout
the year; my parents, for their assistance and moral and financial support. ...........