Excerpt from Historical Description of Westminster Abbey: Its Monuments and Curiosities A work of this kind needs apology. Let it suffice to say, that men of the greatest learning have employed their time usefully, in collecting from such remains of antiquity as are here preserved, historical facts, that were otherwise to he obtained; and for want of which, persons have been frequently connected with actions they had relation to, events have been misplaced, and the true order of things confounded. The little regard the latter historians of our own nation have paid to these memorials, is perhaps one reason why their labours appear imperfect, and why the authors themselves, for the most part, outlive the reputation of their works. Indeed, it is a tedious, a difficult, and often an impossible task, to have recourse to those marble records that are everywhere to be found diffused through this great kingdom; but when all that are worthy of tice in so considerable a repository as Westminster Abbey are collected together in one small book, it will be an unpardonable neglect t to make a proper use of it. If it shall appear, upon comparison of these few sheets, that persons who have had the most considerable share in the transactions of the times in which they lived, have been but just: named by our historians, while others of less te have been magnified beyond their true merit; that actions have been ascribed to one that were performed by ather; and that many things are reported in general, which ought to have been attributed to particular persons or families, the utility of the work will then be apparent, and a road pointed out, by which the errors of our historians may be corrected, their defects supplied, and justice done to the memories of many who have eminently distinguished themselves in the service of their country. But t to dwell on this advantage only, when there are others of small importance resulting from it, strangers who visit Westminster Abbey will find their account in the perusal of this book. The little time they are allowed in surveying the enclosed Chapels, may be more usefully employed by means of it, and their pains rewarded by the recollection of things worthy to be remembered; the unlearned will be enabled by it to converse with the monuments of the dead, with the same pleasure as the learned; and those who have never seen, r are ever likely to see, this stately edifice, may conceive some idea of its form, magnificence, and furniture, by the account here given of it. 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.