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JOHN ATKYNS WRIGHT,

OF CROWSLEY PARK, IN THE COUNTY OF OXFORD, ESQUIRE,

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PREFATORY REMARKS.

of any

I SUBMIT to the Public this attempt towards a Topographical Account of Oxfordshire, with the diffidence that may be supposed likely to arise from an endeavour to delineate a county rendered of prominent interest by a distinguished University; and a county which has not been favoured with the labours of a regular historian. Without the

appearance undue assumption, I trust I may be permitted to say that I have used some exertions, connected with industry of research, to render the Work not unsatisfactory. By repeated journeys of investigation; by public advertisement; and by the inspection of papers deposited in various libraries, I have endeavoured to obtain all desirable, original, information concerning the subjects which required notice.

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PREFATORY REMARKS.

In every circumstance of investigation I have been seconded by the liberality and zeal of those to whom I had occasion to apply. The attention with which I was honoured by many Members of the University is calculated to impress fresh, and indelible, sentiments of respect on my mind towards that learned body. I have great pleasure in observing that at the Bodleian Library I found a constant wish to advance the object of my pursuit. The resident clergy of the county are entitled to my best thanks. Among the gentlemen to whom I am under particular obligations, I take pride in mentioning :

THE REV. DR. MAVOR.

E.G. WALFORD, Chaplain

to the Earl of Guilford,
&c.
J. FRANCIS.
W. WOOLSTON.
A. E. HOWMAN.

PRITCHARD.
J. JOYCE.

NASH.

THE REV. T. ELLIS.

C. WINSTANLEY.
THOMAS HALL, Esq. Harpsden Court.
RICHARD DAVIS, Esq. Grove Cot
tage, (Topographer to his Majesty,

&c.)
Mr. R. P. CULHAM, flenley.
.... JOHN HOLLIER, Thame.
.... J. BADCOCK, Watlington.

1 beg, likewise, to take the freedom of thus publickly thanking the Earl of Ormond and Ossory for his very polite behaviour on my examination of Ditchley.

I cannot

I cannot quit the pleasing subject of acknowledgment, without remarking that I derived assistance, in my notice of the University, from the fund of materials collected with so much judgment by Mr. Chalmers, in his extensive Historical Work concerning the different Colleges, &c.

J. N. BREWER.

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