Address to the public

Pages xxxviii-xxxix

The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 10. Originally published by W Bristow, Canterbury, 1800.

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THIS EDITION of the History of the County of Kent being now brought to a conclusion, the Editor has only to apologize for its having exceeded the number of Volumes at first proposed by him; but from the accumulated valuable information, much more than could ever have been expected, which he has during the course of it received from numerous correspondents, his materials from time to time increased so much, that he found his intentions still more and more impracticable, though he is confident, when these Volumes are perused, the Reader will not only chearfully acquiesce in this exceeding, but will find himself highly satisfied in the knowledge gained by these communications dispersed throughout them. The encouragement this Edition has so universally met with, cannot but be highly gratifying both to the Editor, and the Publisher of it, who return their most respectful thanks to the Public for their patronage of it.

The History of Canterbury was designed, as has been already made known, to have been added at the end of this Tenth Volume, but as in that case, it must have been on so abstracted, so very concise and mutilated a Plan, as to have afforded but little, if any satisfaction to the Readers, who would have met in it the constant disappointment of not finding that information they expected from it; on this idea a universal objection was made to it, and at the same time a general claim was made to have a compleat History of the City and Church of Canterbury.—This claim could not but be acquiesced in; to comply therefore with it, the Editor most respectfully informs the Public, that A COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE CITY AND CHURCH OF CANTERBURY, illustrated with Maps, Views of the Cathedral, &c. &c. by different eminent Artists, to be comprized in Two Volumes, Octavo, is now in the Press, the first Volume of which is already printed, and will be published in a few months, and the remaining one as soon as possible afterwards, to which he requests the same kind patronage he has already experienced to the several Volumes of this History already published.

London, July 10, 1800.