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LEGENDS, SUPERSTITIONS, AND SKETCHES
ON THE BORDERS OF
THE TAMAR AND THE TAVY,
ILLUSTRATIVE OF ITS
MANNERS, CUSTOMS, HISTORY,
ANTIQUITIES, SCENERY, AND NATURAL HISTORY,
IN A SERIES OF LETTERS TO
ROBERT SOUTHEY, ESQ.
AUTHOR (AS MRS. STOTHARD) OF 'TRAVELS IN NORMANDY, ETC.
" I own the power
IN THREE VOLUMES.--VOL. II.
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.
VOLUME THE SECOND.
Letter XXII. Letter XXIII. Letter XXIV. Letter XXV. Letter XXVI. Letter XXVII. Letter XXVIII. Letter XXIX. Letter XXX. Letter XXXI.
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LETTERS TO THE LAUREATE,
TO ROBERT SOUTHEY, ESQ.
Contents :-Tavistock, its situation and local advantages—The River,
&c.- Great antiquity of the Town-For what celebrated-An old Woman's observation on the antiquity of scalded cream-Etymology of the name of the Town-Beauty of the surrounding objects -The Vicarage-Those pleasures derived from Nature most lasting-Browne, the Author of Britannia's Pastorals, born in Tavistock — His lines on his birth-place – The Nightingale not found in Devon-Little known of the Roman era in this part of the West—Tavistock intimately connected with Saxon History A Saxon Noble founder of its Abbey—That Monastic foundation gave importance to the Town-Progress of Christianity in the West -By whom the Damnonii were converted not known with any certainty-Mr. Southey's opinion on the subject, given in a Note, from one of his letters—The People of the West benefited in civi. lization by the Roman Conquest—The subject continued-AngloSaxons settled in this part of the Island-Progress of the ChurchThe first Bishops in Devon-Abbey of Tavistock; its present poor remains contrasted with its former splevdour-Orgar, his rank and office as Alderman or Earl of Devon-The Court in which he presided — Elected at the Shiregemot—The wisdom of Alfred in his Laws-Office of Earl not at first hereditary-—A Member of the Wittenagemote — Orgar, father of the celebrated Elfrida-She was born in Tavistock-Her early Life-Ethelwold deputed to woo her for the King-Splendour of her Father's Court-Ethelwold falls in love with, deceives the King, and marries her himselfThe trick discovered; its fatal consequences-Different opinions respecting the place where Ethelwold was slain-Malmesbury proved to be erroneous in his statement respecting DorsetshireBrowne and Selden's detection of errors in the manuscript copies of Malmesbury referred to-hence might have arisen the mistake VOL. II.