Excerpt from More About Stifford and Its Neighbourhood, Past and Present It has often occurred to me, says a learned Baronet in a letter to the Author, that a work of this kind might be made extremely interesting. I have heard that in some parts of Germany a journal of occurrences and events in the parish is kept by certain authorities in the township; how extremely interesting would such a register have been if it had been kept in many of the parishes in England! It is t too late w to commence such a book. Occurrences of sufficient interest should be entered such as a brief description of the weather, the harvest, prices of provisions, mode of living and cost of it in the township, arrival and departure of families, marriages, etc.; also the measurement of and planting of trees, erection of houses, turning of roads, etc. I think it would increase the value of your work in future years if you gave a brief statement of the price of bread, wheat, etc., this year in and close to Stifford. In addition to the date, I should state, in the 34th year of Victoria, and, if room, give a short list of her descendants. This I venture to suggest entirely with a view to a distant future... What extremely interesting registers would be open to later generations! whereas nearly everything at present is mere conjecture, for even in my time, at 'Rome itself, ' I have seen the names of some of the finest buildings changed more than once. The Author had nearly completed his task when these useful suggestions came to hand. It will be seen that he had to a great extent anticipated them. The German practice alluded to may have something to do with inspiring the intense German love and devotion for Fatherland. Milliards are made up of units. Patriotism has reference, t to geographical boundaries, but is made up of each man's local and home associations and sympathies, the promoting and kindling of which was the Author's object in this work. 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.