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Excerpt from The History and Antiquities of the Abbey Church of St. Peter, Westminster, Vol. 1 of 2: Including Notices and Biographical Memoirs of the Abbots and Deans of That Foundation Antiquarian works are, perhaps, of all others, the least calculated to display the elegancies of a polished style; for the flowery graces of com position are seldom congenial with the simpli Excerpt from The History and Antiquities of the Abbey Church of St. Peter, Westminster, Vol. 1 of 2: Including Notices and Biographical Memoirs of the Abbots and Deans of That Foundation Antiquarian works are, perhaps, of all others, the least calculated to display the elegancies of a polished style; for the flowery graces of com position are seldom congenial with the simplicity required in descriptive delineations. Being convinced, however, that an harmonious diction is necessary to give pleasure to a cultivated ear, I have not been inattentive to the euphony of language though, as Truth and Perspicuity were my guiding principles, I have never sought to improve the cadence by superfluous ornament. In' collecting materials for this Work, I have been chiefly indebted for Manuscript Information, to that invaluable repository the British Museum. I have also had recourse to the Records in the Tower, and in the Chapter House, at Westminster; and to the Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; though I must acknowledge, in all the latter instances, with but little success. Some communications of much value, have been made by particular friends; but my hopes of increasing the interest of the Work by an examination of the Historical Archives belonging to the Church itself, have not been gratified. In my reference to Printed Authorities, I have been strictly attentive to the elucidation of facts; and by a careful comparison of testimony, where the case was ambiguous, have often been enabled to remove the perplexity attendant on contradictory affirmations. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.


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Excerpt from The History and Antiquities of the Abbey Church of St. Peter, Westminster, Vol. 1 of 2: Including Notices and Biographical Memoirs of the Abbots and Deans of That Foundation Antiquarian works are, perhaps, of all others, the least calculated to display the elegancies of a polished style; for the flowery graces of com position are seldom congenial with the simpli Excerpt from The History and Antiquities of the Abbey Church of St. Peter, Westminster, Vol. 1 of 2: Including Notices and Biographical Memoirs of the Abbots and Deans of That Foundation Antiquarian works are, perhaps, of all others, the least calculated to display the elegancies of a polished style; for the flowery graces of com position are seldom congenial with the simplicity required in descriptive delineations. Being convinced, however, that an harmonious diction is necessary to give pleasure to a cultivated ear, I have not been inattentive to the euphony of language though, as Truth and Perspicuity were my guiding principles, I have never sought to improve the cadence by superfluous ornament. In' collecting materials for this Work, I have been chiefly indebted for Manuscript Information, to that invaluable repository the British Museum. I have also had recourse to the Records in the Tower, and in the Chapter House, at Westminster; and to the Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library; though I must acknowledge, in all the latter instances, with but little success. Some communications of much value, have been made by particular friends; but my hopes of increasing the interest of the Work by an examination of the Historical Archives belonging to the Church itself, have not been gratified. In my reference to Printed Authorities, I have been strictly attentive to the elucidation of facts; and by a careful comparison of testimony, where the case was ambiguous, have often been enabled to remove the perplexity attendant on contradictory affirmations. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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