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THE REV. HENRY WAKE, M. A.

RECTOR OF OVER WaLLOP, HANTS;

VICAR OF MERE, WILTS J
AND

CHAPLAIN TO THE MOST HONOURABLE THE MaRQUESS OF
WINCHESTER.

My Dear Sir,

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.

Norton-House,

30th April, 1833.

TO THE READER.

If an Antiquary, it is presumed that the following Pages may possess sufficient interest to arrest your attention ;—if a Relative 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 his-eWest Daughter

Mrs. Lynch; others of the family of course had Copies. That to which I had access was transcribed from the Original, of which I have given a literal Copy. A Memoir of the Family of so eminent a Man must always be interesting, therefore no apology can be necessary from his great Gran daughter for giving it to the Public.

E. B.

TO MY SON.1

Th6 to value a Mans self upon the Honour, or Antiquity, of his Family, and glory in those things, which are owing to his Fortune, not his Desert, be a ffolly justly to be derided by all wise Men: yet I cannot but think it a pardonable Curiosity for any One, to desire to know from Whome he is descended, and what Figure his Ancestors, in their several Ages, are reported to have made in the World. There is something in the History of great Men, that is not only very entertaining, but instructive too: It gives us the truest Notion of human Nature: and shews us better than all the Rules in the

1 This Son died an Infant about four years old. E. B.

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