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the County of Suffolk cannot, it is presumed, be unacceptable, as they will exhibit a just and faithful representation of domestic manners, and provincial customs.
In the arrangement, adopted by the Editor, the following collection is divided into Four Parts, of which the First Part will be found to consist of “ Local Descriptions ;" the Second of “ Circumstan“ ces and Events, Historical, Political, Legendary, “ and Romantic ;" the Third of “ Biographical Me“ moirs, Anecdotes, and Characters ;” and the Fourth of “ Manners, Habits, and Customs.” To each Poem are prefixed such necessary Remarks and Observations as tend to ellucidate the subject, but which, from the narrow limits of the plan, are of course superficial, and calculated rather to excite than to gratify curiosity. They do not, indeed, affect to convey any fresh information, or to abound in anecdotes hitherto unnoticed: it is hoped, however, that they still may be deemed necessary by ordinary readers, and no unacceptable appendage to the several articles. The Notes, likewise, which are appended, will be found to contain some little information of which every one may not be already possessed, and which may serve to amuse at least, if they fail to instruct. It has been the Editor's endeavour to form this GARLAND of the choicest and most variegated flowers; and to dispose those which he has culled in such a manner as to place in their proper light the dark shades, sprightly glow, and airy colors, and thus to form a combination at once pleasing to the eye, and gratifying to the taste.
To a valuable and highly esteemed Friend, the accuracy of whose information is unquestionable, from whom the Editor first derived a taste for Antiquarian and Topographical research, and with whom he has spent many pleasurable hours in its pursuit, he stands indebted for much useful information, particularly in the Biographical Part of this collection. He is, therefore, alone restrained from
expressing what he feels for such continued assist ance by the delicacy of an intimate friendship.
It would be absurd to state that the Subject is exhausted. Many Pieces, both of Miscellaneous and Romantic Poetry, are doubtless yet remaining in various libraries throughout the County, and in the hands of private Collectors, which have escaped the researches of the present Editor : but he has completed the object which he proposed to himself, and trusts that he has been instrumental in rendering accessible to common readers no inconsiderable portion of suFFOLK LOCAL POETRY.
PART THE FIRST.-LOCAL DESCRIPTIONS.
Sonnet to Great Blakenham, by Miss S. Evance.
The Church Yard at St. Edmund's Bury
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