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PRINTED AND SOLD BY GEORGE ASHBURNER,
AND MAY BE HAD OF
THE RIGHT HONORABLE
LORD GEORGE CAVENDISH,
FIRST UNCLE TO HIS GRACE
The DUKE of DEVONSHIRE, &c.
HE interest and connection You have with the
principal object of the Antiquities of Furness is sufficient reason for the Author to address this Work to Your Lordship : but as the study of antiquities is one of Your favourite walks, the choice of a patron is evidently justified : and, when it is known how far he stands indebted to Your assistance in compiling the Topographical Account of Furness, the Dedication will then appear not matter of compliment, but a return of gratitude to the Genius that assisted, and the Taste that directed him, in the choice and arrangement of his materials. If he has failed in the execution of his part, the subject will still remain an object worthy of Your Lordship’s care. During Your periodical short recess from public business, these environs find the good effect of Your taste and judgment in the useful parts of Georgic studies, and dying Industry receives new life from Your hand. The theatre of Your improvements gives pleasure to the traveller, and the country, cultivated by Your example, promises the
Blackwell 4 Jan
The Work I here present to Your Lordship is como piled as a supplement to what is collected concerning Furness Abbey by Sir Willaim Dugdale, who is totally silent as to the edifice itself, of which a much greater part was entire in his time than at present. Lest, therefore, destroying time, or accident, should entirely deface the venerable remains, I here present Your Lordship with an exact Survey of the Church and Cloisters, an East Perspective View of the Ruins*, together with an Account of the religious Inhabitants, their Charters, Privileges, &c. translated into English, together with several curious pieces and anecdotes hitherto unobserved; also a View of the ancient State of Furness under the Abbots, with the variations that have happened since the dissolution, in the rights, privileges, and customs of tenants. And your known taste for history and antiquities, the liberal, the useful and ornamental sciences, is a solid foundation for my presumption, that this will meet with some share of Your Lordship's approbation. Being fully persuaded of your desire to preserve the object as well as the name, it is my earnest wish that the present remains of this great monument of ancient piety and opulence, may ever have a master, in Your noble family, affected to their preservation equally with Your Lordship, whose taste will guard the precious ruins from decay, and thereby transmit to posterity the memory and virtue of the Royal Founder.
Titeup, in Furness,
Neither of the Views of Furness Abbey contained in the preSent volume are the same with that in the first Edition, W. C.