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Porfolk and Suffolk near; so named of the site,
PRINTED BY AND FOR JOHN STACY.
Four years have now elapsed since the proposals for publishing A General History of the County of Norfolk were first circulated ; during which time, no exertions have been spared to acquire all the information consistent with the plan of the work.
The alterations in buildings and circumstances since the commencement of our work, have been amply provided for in the Appendix, which may be proved on referring to the very ample Index. The work was originally expected to be completed in one thousand pages, and the price was circulated accordingly: it has, however, from the variety and importance of the subjects contained in its volumes, swelled to more than fifTEEN HUNDRED pages, certainly not to the disadvantage of the subscriber. In such a mass of information, involving Antiquarian, Biographical, Statistical, Pictorial, Architectural, and Miscellaneous matter, we surely have a right to expect to please many tastes. And we are led to hope, from the splendid illustration of the Antiquities of the County, published by Mr. Cotman, and such works on its local scenery as are brought forward in the highly embellished “ Scenery of the Rivers Yare and Waveney,” by Mr. Stark, that a laudable curiosity may be excited for county investigation, to which our humble work may afford some assistance.
“ Often and often,” says Horace Walpole, “I have had an inclination to show how Topography should be writ, by pointing out all the curious particulars of places, with des. criptions of particular houses—the pictures, portraits, and curiosities they contained.” Had the noble author of these words seriously attempted to realize his ideas, he would, doubtless, have produced an entertaining book, but we much doubt if he had any idea of the obstacles he would have to encounter.
To those persons whose taste has led them to literary researches, the difficulties which we have encountered will be fully known—they, and they only, can duly appreciate the value of information by the trouble of obtaining it. We have, however, to interest readers who feel no such sympathy in our pursuits. To those gentlemen who have contributed articles which have been more particularly their study, we offer our sincere thanks; their remarks contain a freshness and originality, which enliven the path of the mere collector; and we take our leave in the words of the learned sir Edward Coke-himself a splendid specimen of Norfolk talents, extending, however, bis eulogium further than Norwichthat we have at length finished our Account of this interesting City and County, “which is justly to be commended for professors of true religion, their loyalty to their prince in all times of tumult, and in their works of charity." -See 4th Institute, fol. 258.
February 14th, 1829.