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ORIGINAL DRAWINGS, TAKEN FROM THE OBJECTS THEMSELVES EXPRESSLY FOR THIS WORK,
BY MR. THOS. H. SHEPHERD :
COMPRISING THE PALACES, PARKS, NEW CHURCHES, BRIDGES, STREETS, RIVER SCENERY, PUBLIC OFFICES AND INSTITUTIONS, GENTLEMEN'S
SEATS AND MANSIONS, AND EVERY OTHER OBJECT WORTHY OF, NOTICE THROUGHOUT THE METROPOLIS AND ITS ENVIRONS.
HISTORICAL, TOPOGRAPHICAL, AND CRITICAL ILLUSTRATIONS,
BY JAMES ELMES, M.R.I.A. ARCHITECT,
PUBLISHED BY JONES & CO.
[ENTERED AT STATIONERS' HALL.]
under your protection, has conferred an honour upon me, as grateful as it is gracious.
The splendid and useful improvements that liave been effected in this METROPOLIS, under your MAJESTY's auspices, and which it is the business of this work to describe, will render the name of GEORGE THE FOURTH, as illustrious in the British annals, as that of Augustus in those of Rome.
The power of England, concentrated by peace, and directed by wise counsels, extends its genial influence over a greater portion of the habitable globe, than did ever that of Rome by the demoralizing influence of the sword. And under the benign reign of your Majesty, we derive more advantages from the 'liberal cultivation of arts of peace, than did any other people, from the most triumphant consequences of successful war.
In Rome the few were prodigiously rich, and the mass of the people as wretchedly poor ; in Britain,