Excerpt from Domesday of St. Paul's of the Year M. CC. XXII: Or, Registrum De Visitatione Maneriorum Per Robertum Decanum It is the aim of antiquarian study, to learn the history t so much of individuals as of man, to develop the acts and habits of nations, to describe the phases of society, and to te the different conditions, political, social, moral, and religious, under which the human race has prolonged its existence. From the kwledge of antiquity the historian derives the light, which lightens the dark places in the vista of the past. It is this kwledge, which has the telescopic power of overcoming the distance of time, and of enabling us to see with distinctness, and to take an enlarged view, t only of what men have accomplished in past ages, but also of all that God has done in the world, and how he has made himself kwn to man; and, though some persons may account antiquarian study useless, because the practice of the past may t, as they think, furnish us with the kwledge which is w needed, or because the experience of former times is inapplicable to our own, there may be still much that is edifying and instructive in these pursuits, and which may conduce to individual, if t to public good. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.