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268                Old Memories of East-Bourne. [Chap. XIX.
Penalties Attaching to Authorship.
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One of the consequences of being an author is, as I know to my cost, that people, often strangers, write to you sending addenda and corrigenda, interlarded some­times with abuse. It has been my fate to receive many such letters. Not unfrequently however they furnish useful material for subsequent editions. From some of the letters which I have received during the last 30 or 40 years, I now give a few extracts which may be deemed of permanent value so far as East-Bourne histoiy is concerned.
At a meeting of the East-Bourne Natural History Society on May 23, 1873, some discussion took place respecting certain excavations then recently made for the Devonshire Park Baths. I asked whether any confirmation had been obtained of the supposition that in Roman times, or later, there was a dock on the E. side of the Wish promontory. The Rev. E. S. Dewick replied that he doubted whether there ever had been such a thing as a dock there. This discussion drew forth from Mr. F. W. H. Cavendish a letter, dated May 28, 1873, from which the following extracts are taken :—
" With reference to that which you are reported to have said about the wooden piles of the old Harbour and to Mr. Dewick's reply, I have always understood, and in fact know from my long acquaintance with East-Bourne, that the Sea has very much encroached at the Wish ; and I believe the old Harbour story is quite true, for old piles are to be seen down on sands west of the gentlemen's bathing places ; at least, they were there not many years ago. I perfectly recollect them and make no doubt they are still visible at certain times, according as to whether there is much or little sand. I have known the Wish since 1827, and saw frequently the cottage on the Cliff about where now are the gentlemen's machines, and have heard the story of the Harbour from my father, who was 83$ when he died on the 5th of last April, and who spent much of his early youth in Compton Place, as did my grandmother, Lady George Cavendish, after she inherited the property, October 18, 1763, when bhe was 3£ years old, and who died there on April 7, 183o."<*
From the Rev. H. Griffith, who was at that time a curate at St. Saviour's, under date of July 25, 1884 :—
" I see from your Handbook for East-Bourne that this place was known by the name of East-Bonrne as early as the 16th century, if not before. You do not say anything as to the origin or derivation of the prefix, East. But Mr. Isaac Taylor, in his book, Words and Places, asserts that East-Bourne is a
(a) Lady George Cavendish was Countess of Burlington when she died.
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