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Essays, Sketches and Illustrations of bygone Sussex

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preface
THE following essays are selected from material that has accumulated in the years that Sussex—with its picturesque scenery and varied associations—has had a special at­traction for the writer, who, though not to the manor born, feels as strongly as any of her sons the charm of the seaboard and the down. Perhaps some of the thousands of visitors who throng the Sussex coast in quest of health or amusement may find in these pages suggestions of historic memories that may add to the interest of their stay, and Sussex men themselves may recognise that a strong and healthy local senti­ment is no bad foundation for an enlightened patriotism.
Of the illustrations several are from the facile and graceful pencil of Mr. Raffles Davison, who has also felt the charm of Sussex scenery— a charm that Mr. A. C. Swinburne has put into the melodious lines, written between Lancing and Shorham :—
Fair and dear is the land's face here.
And fair man's work as a man's may be ;
Dear and fair as the sunbright air
Is here the record that speaks him free ;
Free by birth of a sacred earth, and regent ever of all the sea.
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