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Essays, Sketches and Illustrations of bygone Sussex

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families who have won distinction. The three Sherley brothers gained a remarkable position in the seventeenth century. The three Palmer brothers had also picturesque careers. The three Smiths of Chichester have a humble niche in the temple of fame for contributions to art and verse. Jack Cade has been claimed as a Sussex man. The gentle and unfortunate poet, William Collins, was a native. Dr. Andrew Borde, " Merry Andrew," was born at Pevensey. The county claims four saints, Richard de la Wych, the canonised Bishop of Chichester, St. Wilfrid, St. Cuthman, and Lewinna, the virgin martyr, slain by the Saxons of the seventh century. The names of John Fletcher and the unfortunate Thomas Otway are illustrious in dramatic literature. Other Sussex worthies are Pell, the mathematician, James Hurdis, the gentle poet, Richard Cobden, the apostle of free trade, the Hares, Dr. E. D. Clarke, the traveller, Henry Morley, and M. A. Lower, the antiquary. Gibbon, the historian, is buried at Fletching; and Cartwright, the inventor of the power loom at Battle. Nor should we forget Henry Burwash, Bishop of Lincoln, of whom Fuller says : " Such as mind to be merry may read the pleasant story of his apparition, being condemned after his
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