Eastbourne Memories - A Victorian Perspective

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Here the insertion of some words written hy Lady St. Helier will he most appropriate:—
" When I remember all the kind friends and interesting people I knew, and realise the great gaps that remain, and the large number of those I shall never •ee again, a great cloud of sadness darkens the recollection." (Memories of Fifty Tears, p. 186.)
As regards the details given, and the way in which they are presented, I have taken Lady St. Helier's book as a model.
It would be well-nigh impossible to name all the kind people who have helped me by offering hints and suggestions, and the loan of books, and documents. But I am under special obligations to the Rev. R. D. Pierpoint, a friend of 60 years standing, for reading the proof sheets, and to him, and to other friends, for assistance in verifying dates and facts as to which I thought that my memory was at fault. Even now, with all the help that I have received, it is extremely possible that some of my details may need revision, not that I have any intention of putting forth a 2nd edition for the purpose. With respect to the illustrations, I am under special obligations to Mr. Alderman Rowe (of the Finn of G. & R. Lavis) for much co-operation and assistance; especially m supplying copyright originals by purchase. But I must not forget some other kind friends. Lady Lindsay-Hogg has placed at my disposal a portfolio of water-colour paintings done by her mother Mrs. Cowley about 1860 ; and Mr. E H. T. Streatfeild several sketch­books of the late Mrs. Ogle's ; and pictures, of still earlier date. Mr. C. D. Gilbert, Major Molineux, Mr. U. R. Burke, Dr. Jeffery, Dr. Colgate, and Mr. E. H. Emary have also assisted me with the loan of various pictures. It has been difficult to make a selection from the number
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