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well as his friend, and contemporary, Horace) hath kindly laid open his ample stores for the use of writers (wherefrom to cull their mottoes) of every age, and every nation; and it has, the
; Author would apprise his reader, a lwo-fold allusion-it tells him, that the splendid room, which he is beholding, is an admirable specimen of the skill, and labour, of the architect of the middle age; and, again, it reminds him, that this is the arena, from the resources of which the Author has to fulfil his allotted task—the completion of his two humble volumes on–The Halle of John Halle.
The Author closes this explanatory preface to his multifarious work* with expressing his obligations to H. Petrie, Esq., the Keeper of the Records at the Tower of London, for the copies of the Inquisitiones post mortem as to the property of John Halle; and, also, to R. M. Wilson, Esq., of Salisbury, for his transcript from the City Records under the liberal assent of the Corporation. He has only to add, that he will immediately enter on the renewal of his allotted task-his second volume—that he will use every exertion to forward it, and will publish it as early as in his power.
*“ Farrago nostri libelli.”—Juvenal.
LAKE, December 31, 1836.
CONTENTS OF VOL. I.
PEDIGREE of the family of John Halle-Only three generations recorded under
"Hair and Beard."-Rightly embraced as a portion of the dress of John Halle-