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Last of the Old Squires.
“ His Neighbours then did bless him,
Alive again to be;
“A good and charitable Man of superior Rank or Wisdom, Fortune, Authority, a common Blessing to the Place he lives in ; Happiness grows under his Influence.”
Butler's Sermon, xii. 216. Upon the
Love of our Neighbour.
Last of the Old Squires ;
BY CEDRIC OLDACRE, ESQ.
SOMETIME OF CHRIST-CHURCH, Oxon.
“ His Life was gentle: and the Elements
Julius Cæsar, A& v. Sc. v.
“ A Place in Time
SOUTHEY's Inscriptions, iii. 162.
Milton, To the Parliament, P. W. fi. 297.
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS.
249. Ja, 47.
“ Something oddly The Book-man prated, yet he talked it weeping.”
FORD, The Broken Heart, Act. iv. Sc. i.
“ Nescio, tu quibus es, Lector, lecturus ocellis Hoc scio, quod ficcis fcribere non potui.”
Fox, AEts and Monuments.
“ Excuse my Tears,
SHIRLEY, The Brothers, Act iv. Sc. v. V
TO THE READER.
HIS little Sketch of The LAST OF
THE OLD SQUIRES will speak for
mark that although a Fiction in its Form, there is yet a good deal of Reality in its Substance. It, in Fact, contains the Reminifcences of Years gone by, of several Highbred Country Squires,—and of one excellent Country Gentleman in particular. Possibly, too, there are those living who may give to the Description of the Old Church " a local Habitation and a Name;" and they may do this without committing any very grave Error. It may
be added that all the little Anecdotes and Conversations are real,—more or less; as are the Facts in the Chapter on Natural HisTORY, each and every of which may not have been noted and observed by The Last OF THE OLD SQUIRES, though most of them were.
Possibly when the Sound and Din of War, and the Fray of Battle is ringing in our Ears, such a Publication as this may suggest a Peaceful Resting-place for peaceable Souls, and give rise to Thoughts of Peace and Prayers for Peace! Gentle and patient Readers all,
Pax VOBISCUM !
May 12th, 1854.