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ANECDOTES OF OLD TIMES;
INCLUDING AUTHENTIC ANECDOTES OF
THE ROYAL HOUSEHOLD,
MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE COURT,
AT AN EARLY PERIOD OF THE
By SAMUEL PEGGE, Esa. F. S. A.
Author Of The "CURIALIA," ,
PRINTED BY AND FOR J. NICHOLS, SON, AND BENTLEV,
AT THE PRINTING-OFFICE OF THE VOTES OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS,
25, PARLIAMENT STREET, AND 10, KING STREET, WESTMINSTER:
SOLD ALSO AT THEIR OLD OFFICE IN RED LION PASSAGE,
FLEET STREET, LONDON.
LIST OF PLATES.
Portrait of the Rev. Samuel Pegge, LL.D. Frontispiece.
Whittington Church - - - p. lix.
Rectory - - ... lxij.
Revolution House - Ixiii.
The publication of this Volume is strictly conformable to the testamentary intentions of the Author, who consigned the MSS. for that express purpose to the present Editor *.
Mr. Pegge had, in his life-time, published Three Portions of" Curialia, or an Account of some Members of the Royal Houshold;" and had, with great industry and laborious research, collected materials for several other Portions, some of which were nearly completed for the press.
* See the Extract in page vi.
Mr. Pegge was "led into the investigation," he says, "by a natural and kind of instinctive curiosity, and a desire of knowing what was the antient state of the Court to which he had the honour, by the favour of his Grace William the late Duke of Devonshire, to compose a part."
Two more Portions were printed in 1806 by the present Editor. Long, however, and intimately acquainted as he was with the accuracy and diffidence of Mr. Pegge, he would have hesitated in offering those posthumous Essays to the Publick, if the plan had not been clearly defined, and the Essays sufficiently distinct to be creditable to the reputation which Mr. Pegge had already acquired, by the Parts of the " Curialia" published by himself, and by his very entertaining (posthumous) " Anecdotes of the English Language ;"— a reputation which