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C. WHITTINGHAM, Printér, No. 103, Goswell Street. ADVERTISEMENT.

THE Proprietors of the AMBULATOR, wishing to render it as complete as possible, will be happy to receive information respecting any change of property that may occur from time to time; also of any errors or omissions that may be noticed relating to Gentlemen's Seats, or remarkable Places, either in regard to their situations, prospects, antiquities, curiosities, paintings, &c. or otherwise interesting, in respect to their history, or the biography of distinguished persons.

Letters addressed to SCATCHERDand LETTERMAN, Ave-Maria Lane, will receive due attention.


1T is unnecessary to expatiate upon the utility of a Work which has passed through so many editions, and has enjoyed so large a portion of the public approbation. Most country towns with their vicinities have their respective Guides so truly acceptable are publications of this kind to the generality of mankind. The Metropolis of the British Empire therefore, with its adjacent villages, is in this respect entitled to special distinction. Royal palaces, magnificent seats and elegant villas, enriched by the finest paintings, by inestimable antiques, by venerable decorations of ancient splendor, or by the exquisite embellishments of modern taste, yield an inexhaustible gratification to the curiosity.

Indeed, to assist the inhabitants of the Metropolis, or its occasional Visitors, in the choice of their excursions, is a principal object of this publication. With this view, the Editor has described not only whatever he found curious in the works of Nature or of Art, but where any place has been distinguished by some memorable circumstance, he has not forgotten how much the incidental recollection of it may improve the sources of conversation, nor what pleasure a well cultivated mind may derive from contemplating the favourite retreats of the benefactors and orna. ments of mankind---where the statesman mused, in solitude, on the welfare of his country, or meditated on the instability of sublunary grandeur; where the philosopher enriched the age with his sublime discoveries; or the poet - informed the page with music, image, sentiment, and thought;" where a Richard Cromwell preferred the scenes of innocence and peace to all the glory of guilty

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greatness ; where a Lyttleton received the first convictions of religious truth; or an Addison exemplified, in a happy death, the pleasures and importance of a virtuous life! It is natural to view such scenes with a degree of enthusiasm, and to consider the ground we tread as almost sacred. Such spots interest the imagination and impress the heart.

The fluctuations of property, as was expected, have rendered many alterations indispensable in the present edition of this work. Of these, the Editor has endeavoured to procure accurate information. Beside all the corrections to the present day, the additions and improvements have been so numerous, that this tenth edition may be al. most considered as A NEW WORK; and in none of the articles will such information be sought for in vain, as can reasonably be expected in a Work, professedly intended as a Pocket Companion.

The Editor however in justice to himself cannot but re. mark, that he is aware that even his utmost endeavours have not secured a strict accuracy. In a volume of this kind it is absolutely unattainable. Gentlemen's seats are perpetually changing their possessors, either through that rage for speculation by which the age is distinguished, or through the depredations of the last foe, who spares no one class of society. In either cases, a few months' effect a considerable alteration ; such is the evanescent complexion of this ever-changing world! The improvement of the Work will constantly be kept in view, whereby every future edition will be rendered still more worthy of the public favour.

Islington, Nov. 27th, 1806,

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