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HECTOR OF OVER. WALLOP, "ANTS;
VICAR 0]? MERE, WILTS;
CIIAPLAIN TO THE MOST IIONOURABLE THE MARQUESS OF WINCHESTER
MY DEAR Sm,
I know not to Whom I can with so much propriety address this Memoir of the Family of Wake, as to yourself, to Whom I am indebted for the Manuscript; and trusting that you will find it a faithful COPY’
I remain, my dear Sir,
Your obliged Friend
and Relation, ETHELDRED BENETT.
TO THE READER.
IF an Antiquary, it is presumed that the following Pages may possess suflicient interest to arrest your attention ;--if aRelative or Connexion of Archbishop Wake, or a Father who has lost an only Son, some idea may be formed of the painful feeling with which the Manuscript was thrown aside on the death of his beloved Child. It was found among the Archbishop’s Papers after his decease in his own hand Writing, and given by his Executors to hiseldest Daughter Mrs. Lynch; others of the family of course