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HISTORY and DESCRIPTION of ANCIENT and EMINENT SEATS

and stiles of ARCHITECTURE; in the Preservation of curious
MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS ;

in the GENEALOGIES . and
ANECDOTES of FAMOUS FAMILIES; in DISQUISITIONS upon
remarkable TENURES, and in DELINEATIONS of the face of

COUNTRIES.

EMBELLISHED WITH THIRTEEN ENGRAVINGS.

VOL. II.

LONDON:

Printed for ROBSON, New Bond Street; J. WALKER,

Pater nofter Row; and c. STALKER, Stationers Court,
Ludgate Street; where may be had the firft Volume,

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THI
WHERE is an exquisite pleasure in rescuing

the memory of past days from the dust scattered over it by time, which none but those en-gaged in the pursuit can have an idea of. Ima-gination loves to look back

upon
former

ages,

and fill

up the remaining outline, which seeins so dull to the incurious, with colours more vivid even than they ever possessed in reality. So memory in old-age throws a fairy gleam over the enjoyments of youth more enchanting than the light in which they appeared when present. These are the feelings which actuate the labours of the antiquary of true taste; with the melancholy delight of a Poet, he loves to revivify the features of the dead, and the manners and arts of ages that are gone. The storied windows of churches and castles, the legends of tombs, and the bold figures of the romantic knights of chivalry, which are the objects of his preservation, repay

his toil, by the pleasing exercise they afford his fancy. What can give the mind a fuller field for contemplation than the subject of the Crusades, nor can a man of feeling behold the cross-legged Warrior without a romantic

veneration,

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