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Within what fountain's craggy cell
And lo! amid the watery roar
In Thetis' car, she skims the shore. WARTON.
BY THE EDITOR OF THE PICTURE OF LONDON.
Printed for LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, and BROWN,
at all the Watering and Sea-bathing Places.
Notices of Errors or Omissions, or the Communication of additional Drawings, will be thankfully received
G. SIDNEY, Printer, Northumberland-street, Strand,
It will be generally felt, that the author who undertakes to describe public places with effect, should himself be conversant with their localities, and with the favourite pursuits of the company who frequent them. On this ground the editor of the present work has pretensions to the confidence of the públic, having, in pursuit of amusement, relaxation, or health, been repeatedly induced to visit most of the places described, and hence, having made his observations on the spot, he trusts his descriptions will be found to be as correct as the fleeting nature of fashion will allow.
Numerous changes having occurred since the publication of the first edition, these have been carefully noticed, and proof sheets having been sent to the principal places, and submitted to the revision of intelligent friends; corrections and hints for improvement are, however, always received with thanks.
But independently of personal knowledge and of private communications, an incredible number of miscellaneous publications have been consulted, and, in no instance, have the last editions of the various local guides been neglected.
"Interpone tuis interdum gaudia curis
Ut possis animo quemvis sufferre laborem,"
Is a maxim founded in nature and truth ; and whoever violates it, will find a ruined constitution, by the time, perhaps, that he has acquired what he considers the means of ease and retirement. Far, therefore, from blaming those who seek harmless amusement in travel, or who make temporary retreats from business, in order to return, with fresh vigour of body and of mind, to the duties of their station, the editor highly applauds the practice, and hopes his work will furnish information and advice to those persons who are at a loss to know where their leisure may be the most agreeably spent, or their health the most completely restored.
The unanimous opinion which has been expressed of the utility and correctness of his PICTURE of LONDON, a work which has been, and which continues to be, universally read and approved, encourages him to hope, that his labours in the present work will be honoured with a degree of approbation equally flattering and extensive.
London, July 1813.