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AUTHOR OF “BRAMBLETYE HOUSE,” &c. &c.

Corace

Smith

Remember, O my friends! the laws, the rights,
The generous plan of power delivered down,
From age to age, by your renown'd forefathers :
0 let it never perish in your hands,
But piously transmit it to your children!

CATO.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
HENRY COLBURN AND RICHARD BENTLEY,
NEW BURLINGTON STREET.

1830.

LONDON: PRINTED BY SAMUEL BENTLEY,

Dorset Street, Fleet Street.

TO WILLIAM HESELTINE, Esq.

OF TURRET HUUSE, SOUTH LAMBETH.

DEAR HESELTINE,

THERE might be some boldness in inscribing a Historical Novel to so correct an antiquary as the Author of “ The Last of the Plantagenets,” did I not feel assured that in perusing the following pages, your kindness will invariably prompt you to merge the critic in the friend. Under this impression, I venture to prefix your name to my little work, not only as a trifling token of my respect for your talents and your virtues, but that I may have the pleasure of subscribing myself in public, as I have done for so many years in private,

Your sincere friend,

THE AUTHOR.

Brighton, March, 1830.

WALTER COLYTON. .

CHAPTER 1.

Now I pray thee, shepherd, tell it not forth,
Here is a long tale, and little worth.

SPENSER.

ABOUT five miles to the south-east of Bridgwater is the village of Weston-Zoyland, a place of little note in the present day, but which in the time of James the Second derived a transient celebrity from its immediate vicinity to Sedgemoor, where the unfortunate Duke of Monmouth was defeated by the King's troops under the command of the Earl of Feversham. On the morning when our history commences, the slow, deep tone of the passing-bell an

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