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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.
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,
THE REV. T. ELLIS.
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.