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The Proprietors of this Work, in submitting this Second Volume to the liberality and candour of the Public, deem it necessary to explain under what circumstances they are placed with respect to the completion of the remaining volumes.
This Volume, as far as page 720, is the com. position of Mr. Brayley ; but, for several reasons not requisite to be stated in this place, it became necessary to engage another Editor to finish it : accordingly Mr. Nightingale undertook to conclude Mr. Brayley's very interesting History and Description of the East India Company and House, in Leadenhall Street, and with that account, and the usual Indexes, &c. &c. to end the Volume. The readers will, Mr. N, trusts, readily perceive the difficulty, and still greater delicacy, under which he laboured in executing this task, trifiing as it appears. Not having any opportunity of conferring
with Mr. Brayley, to continue the narrative with that spirit and uniformity of manner and character. in which it had been begun, was extremely difficult. The train of Mr. Brayley's authorities was not easily discovered, and it was impossible, without a consultation with Mr. Brayley himself, that Mr. Nightingale should know the precise line of proceeding which his predecessor meant to have adopted, had he completed what he had so well begun. Whatever errors, mistakes, or want of judg. ment, therefore, may be discovered in that part of the work which peculiarly belongs to the present Editor, should not, of course, be charged to the labours or undertaking of the original Editor.
The work will henceforth be continued with the utmost regularity. Mr. N, who has undertaken that part which relates to the Cities of London and Westminster, or what may properly be denominated the Metropolis, has employed nearly two years in surveying every part of these extensive cities. This survey he made with a view to another object, not dissimilar to the present; and what was defective in that survey, will be accomplished before any part of his present undertaking shall be put to press; or, at least, before he will venture to print what he may have but imperfectly examined. He hopes, therefore, with the able assistance he has engaged, and the many valuable communi