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A Very short Prefatory explanation to this Sixth Edition seems to be required.
The constantly increasing demand for this publication in each succeeding year, is a proof of the general estimation in which it is held, too gratifying to be doubted. At the suggestion of many of its noble Patrons are introduced in this Edition the Armorial Bearings of the Peers, beautifully engraved, and incorporated with the text,—the only feature which seems to have been wanting to render the work perfect.
In acknowledging the numerous communications with which he continues to be favoured and honoured, the Editor begs leave to state, that as the type for the entire work is now kept constantly standing, (a measure never before accomplished,) every alteration in each successive Edition will be introduced in the proper place, down to the date of publication.
EDMUND LODGE, Norroy.
College Of Arms,
The following from among many other Letters received during the progress of the present Edition is here inserted, chiefly on account of the important suggestion it contains, though, at the same time, with a grateful acknowledgment of the favour shown to the unremitting labour which has been, and will continue to be, devoted to this Work, in order to ensure its continued accuracy in each of its successive Editions:—
"Lord presents his compliments to Mr. Lodge,
and begs to assure him that he has looked over the enclosed paper with great care and attention, and finds it perfectly
correct. Lord hopes Mr. Lodge will permit him
to add, that he has never yet found so few mistakes in any publication of the kind as in his last Edition; and if every Peer will carefully correct the paper Mr. Lodge sends him,* a Good and Correct Peerage will at last be published.
"July 27, 1839."
* This favour, which has been so generally experienced in the progress of the present Edition, is gratefully acknowledged, and induces a hope that the suggestion here thrown out, with such high sanction, will be adopted on all future occasions, insuring the result so justly anticipated by the noble writer. ADVERTISEMENT
TO THE THIRTEENTH EDITION.
The Editors return thanks for the numerous Communications of the Nobility, especially for those recently received, by means of which this Peerage is enabled to maintain its reputation for Authenticity and Correctness, and earnestly request a continuance of such favours.
In these Communications, a desire has been frequently expressed that to the name of any Gentleman mentioned in the respective pedigrees, that of his Seat should be appended; and the Editors beg respectfully to assure their noble Correspondents that from the first they have not only been anxious to gratify this wish, but have been fully aware of the great advantage in respect of identity and consequent accuracy to be derived from so desirable an addition; the adoption of which has been prevented solely by the extent of the Work and its consequent heavy expense; and in adverting to this fact, they feel assured that their unwearied watchfulness over the continual correction of its ever-varying details, will exonerate them from any suspicion of shrinking from the extra labour involved in such a change of plan. But the annually increasing claims of this valuable Correspondence have at length obtained an influence so preponderating, ADVERTISEMENT TO THIRTEENTH EDITION.
as to determine the Publishers to comply, at all risks, with the general wish.
Together with this desideratum, the Editors have in the present Edition further enlarged the work, by the insertion of an "Historical View of the British Peerage" derived from authentic sources, and the Roll of the House of Peers, as ordered by their Lordships to be printed. These, they venture to believe, will be received as proofs of their desire to render the work as perfect a vehicle of information as possible, in testimony of their high sense of the distinguished patronage with which it continues to be honoured.
For the Arms of the Prince of Wales, which were first Engraved for this Work in the Edition of 1842, the Editors are indebted to the condescension of His Royal Highness Prince Albert, who kindly favoured them with the authenticated copy from which the Engraving is taken.
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