Eastbourne Memories - A Victorian Perspective

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" Say not always what you know ; but always know what you say.".( Claudius.)
I have often been urged to write a book such as the present, but it was the following editorial paragraph in the East-Bourne Chronicle of December 4, 1909, which "fixed up" the idea:
" As it never rains but it pours, the further letters of local Reininicsences published to-day, come almost as a matter of course. And a contribution in this connection from Mr. Chambers posseses naturally a special interest, for probably nobody has a greater fund of material to draw upon than that gentleman, who for a lengthy period has been closely identified with the public and social life of East-Bourne. We hope Mr. Chambers may find time to " materialise " the hint included in his letter, and record his recollections in a manner and on a scale to cover practically his life-long acquaintance with the town. Such a recital, produced from Mr. Chambers' inexhaustible resources and rendered in the readable style of which he is peculiarly capable, would be of more than passing interest, and be welcomed by a great many of the inhabitants."
I have nothing to say in self-defence if I should be accused of presumption or vanity, and I will content myself by stating that I have endeavoured to avoid as far as possible mentioning anything which has already been treated of either in my well-known Hand-Book for Bast-Bourne, or in Mr. R. J. Graham's Bast-Bourne Recollections, published in 1888, or in Mr. J. C. Wright's By-gone Bast-Bourne, published in 1902.
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