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PREFACE.

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The object of the Author in writing this little work has been to describe and concentrate as much information as possible on those places which are generally considered of sufficient consequence to induce a visit from the Stranger, and to avoid remark on those not of particular or local interest. In doing this he has availed himself of every help within his reach ; especially as it regards the historical portions; and he therefore begs to make this general acknowledgment wherever the authority quoted has not been formally given.-But as it regards the general details, the Author has written from observation alone; referring constantly to those Notes he has been in the habit of making for some years past on every object of interest connected with the PEAK, -or personally visiting each place previous to its being described.-In accomplishing his task the Author has found it so to increase upon his hands that it has far exceeded his original intention, which was simply to give a brief notice of each place as a guide without reflections or historical remark.—To the public generally he trusts this will prove an acceptable addition by enhancing the value and utility of the work—and should it acquire general approbation as a clear, accurate, and comprehensive Guide to the Stranger, the chief object and great desire of the Author in committing his observations to the press

will have been attained, and his earnest wish is, that the reader may find as much pleasure in the perusal as he has had in writing, and attempting to describe, those beautiful and deeply interesting places which form the subject matter of the book-for it has often agreeably filled up his hours of leisure after the pressure and fatigue of an active business, and soothed his spirit in times of sorrow and deep depression which have fallen to his lot in common with every son of our race.—But it is a matter of high gratulation to every feeling and rightly constituted mind to find, that the GREAT AUTHOR of our being has not only furnished us with a beautiful, free, and glorious system of revealed Truth, by which we may acquire a competent knowledge of—a high preparation for ;-and a sweet anticipated enjoyment of intellectual and unseen glories in a future state of things; but also beautifully furnished and adorned our world with such numberless objects of the most pleasing nature and deepest interest, which are highly calculated to draw out the mind and engage its best powers in the contemplation of Himself—the “Alpha and Omega” of the entire universe

so that the whole of Nature's living page may minister food for serious contemplation and high delight to all who choose to study it, and have the power fully to appreciate the goodness of God exhibited in its rich landscapes teeming with existence-numberless beings, all of which, in various ways, are fulfilling His will, and deriving happiness and pleasure from Him as their origin and source. To the Tourist these are presented in the richest variety, and in the fairest and most beautiful forms; and as he proceeds, every mile presents a new feature and ministers equally instruction and delight. An author, therefore, who attempts to give information on such subjects without keeping the moral and intellectual improvement of his race in view, or without being impressed with the tendency and end of all these things, will fail in the right execution of his task; for it can only be in connection with such views that the great object of man can legitimately be obtained; that is, his present and future happiness. Should the Author, in this his humble attempt, be the means, in any measure, of producing such delightful effects, and adding to the happiness of those into whose hands this book may fall, his labour and toil will be amply rewarded. The Author must crave the indulgence of the reader towards any inaccuracies which may have crept into his work in the hurry of other pursuits, or at times in passing it too rapidly through the press, and which have escaped his observation. Should this trifle be deemed worthy of a notice from the critic and reviewer, those sleepless guardians who watch over the general interests of the press, the Author would beg to bespeak their kind indulgence; and, in conclusion, he hopes that the arranged List of the Rocks, Minerals, and more rare Plants of this County will prove an acceptable addition ; especially as the former subjects have never as yet been presented to the public under the same form and to the same extent.

Matlock Bath, April 6th.

GEM OF THE PEAK,

OR

MATLOCK BATH AND ITS VICINITY.

PART I.

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