The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 9. Originally published by W Bristow, Canterbury, 1800.
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TO WILLIAM BOTELER, Esq. OF EASTRY.
IT is with much pleasure that I take this opportunity of acknowledging my obligations to you, during the many years friendship which has subsisted between us, and still continues undiminished. This Volume, Sir, to which I have taken the liberty of prefixing your name, approaches to the history of that part of the county, in which I have been more particularly indebted to you, for your unremitting assistance, without which I should, I fear, have been greatly deficient in my description of it. Your indefatigable searches into whatever is worthy of observation, in relation to Eastry and its neighbourhood, could alone furnish me with that abundant information requisite for this purpose; and to you, therefore, the public is in great measure indebted for whatever pleasure and information they may receive from the perusal of this part of my History, which from the long residence, as well as the respectable consequence of your family, for so many descents, in this part of the county, must afford you a more peculiar satisfaction; that it may meet with your approbation, is my sincere wish, who am with the greatest regard and esteem,
Sir, Your most faithful and much obliged humble servant, EDWARD HASTED.
Dic. 1, 1799.