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An accurate knowledge of our domestic history is no ordinary attainment: to be entirely, or even partially, unacquainted with it is inexcusable, as the history of LONDONDERRY is not an uninteresting one. In vain do we attempt to plead an apology for our deficiency, to the intelligent and inquisitive stranger or tourist, if found unable to gratify his curiosity in this respect, although we may plume ourselves in having imbibed much from the “Greek and Roman spring." The tourist has hitherto inquired for “a GUIDE TO LONDONDERRY”—but none to be had.
The Annals and Statistics of our City, being like those of other Cities, are composed of many incidents briefly narrated : in their selection and classification for our present purpose, considerable precaution has been used; whilst the authenticity of each article has been duly scrutinised. In tracing down the chain that led to those important events, which, long since tended, chiefly, to characterise the Citizens of Londonderry and the Colonists of Ulster ; the Author (or rather the Compiler,) has made occasional references to the general histories of England and Ireland, in order to notice briefly the principal plots, agencies, rebellions, atrocities, &c. immediately preceding, and connected with those events, that our youthful Fellow-Citizens may in some degree, have more directly a knowledge of the causes from
which those events originated. In thus proceeding, radically and gradually, the Author humbly hopes that this volume will prove serviceable.
With respect to the plates. The plan of the City and that of the Siege have been taken, and reduced to the size of the book, from plans taken immediately after the retiring of the besieging army, and the opening of the gates, by Captain Francis Neville, a meritorious Engineer Officer of the garrison, who distinguished himself during that memorable event. The sketches of the South-side and East-end of the Cathedral, have also been reduced from views taken by the same gentleman ; which sketches represent its external appearance now, nearly the same as then, with the exception of the spire, and a few modern, fantastic decorations. The frontispiece represents a view of the City at the present time, sketched at a position on the North-east side of the river.
Londonderry, July 31, 1817.