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THE plan of narrative adopted in the ensuing pages, is recommended by both the sanction and the example of very learned antiquity ; since, without referring to the numerous classical volumes, which have been written upon the same principle, two of the most ancient and esteemed works on English Jurisprudence have honoured it with their selection. Of the accuracy of the historical events here recorded, the authorities so explicitly cited are the most ample proofs ; and, that they might be the more generally interesting, whatever may have been
their original language, the whole are now given in English: so that an argument should lose none of its effect from its too erudite obscurity, nor ani illustration any of its amusement by requiring to be translated.
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Let The collection and arrangement of these mas terials have been a labour so unexpectedly toilsome and extended, as, it is hoped, fully to excuse every delay in the work's appearance; and, but for the valuable aid of those numerous friends who have so kindly assisted its progress, it must have still been incomplete. Of these, the first and the most fervent has been John GARRATT, Esq., who, by a singularly happy coincidence, was at once the founder of the New London Bridge, as Lord Mayor, and a native, and Alderman, of the Ward containing the Old one.
Of other benefactors to these sheets, the names of HENRY SMEDLEY, Esq.; H. P. STANDLEY, Esq.; HENRY WOODTHORPE, Esq., Town Clerk; MR. JOSEPH YORK HATTON; Mr. John THOMAS SMITH, of the British Museum ;
MR. WILLIAM Upcott, of the London Institution; and MR. WILLIAM KNIGHT, of the New Bridge Works; will sufficiently evince the importance of their communications; to whom, as well as to the many other friends, whose kindnesses I am forbidden to enumerate, I thus offer my sincerest acknowledgments. The Historians of the Metropolis have hitherto passed over the subject of this work far too slightingly': it will be my most ample praise to have endeavoured to supply that deficiency, by these
1. HISTORICAL TITLE-PAGE, displaying a rich Gothic edifice, surrounded by
the Effigies, Armorial Ensigns, &c. of the most eminent persons connected with the history of London Bridge. The two upper figures represent Rich. ard, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Cardinal Hugo di Petraleone, who subi . scribed so liberally to its original foundation, (see page 61 ) and the two lower ones, Kings John and Edward I., commemorative of the Bridge having been finished in the reign of the former, and of the several grants made to it by the latter. In the upper centre is suspended a banner, with the present Royal Arms of England, alluding to the foundation of the New London Bridge in the reign of George IV.; and beneath it, a representation in tapestry, of the triumphal entry of Henry V. across the ancient Bridge, in 1415, after the victory of Agincourt, described on pages 220–229 : at the sides of which are groups of banners, &c., commemorative of some of the principal persons engaged in the battle. Below, are the Armorial Ensigns of King Henry II., the Priory of St. Mary Overies, the ancient device of Southwark, and the Monograms of Peter of Colechurch, and Isenbert of Xainctes; the benefactors and Architects of the First Stone Bridge at London. Beneath these is a monumental effigy of Peter of Colechurch; under which appear the ancient and modern Arms of the City of London, see page 177; 'those of ! Robert Serle, Mercer, and Custos of London in 1214, the principal citizen to whom the finishing of the Bridge was entrusted, see page 73; those of Henry Walleis, Lord Mayor in 1282, and an eminent benefactor to London Bridge, si see pages 131, 132 ; and in the centre, the shield of John Garrati, Esgos Alderman of the Ward of Bridge-Within, and Lord Mayor in 1824-25, who laid the First Stone of the New Edifice : see pages 635-660.-—Designed and Drawn by W. Harvey, from ancient Historical authorities. Engraven by G. W. Bonner.