Preface. vividly the byeways as well as the highways of times long since departed; to mark, in short, the ebb and flow of thought and action, recall the hopes and fears, the perils by flood and field, the deep feuds and deeper vengeances of those who have gone before, and in this way cover the dry bones of the past with muscle, flesh, and colouring, until the fancy is stirred anew, and the warm heart alone is needed to give to the shadowy forms the pulsations of actual life. The subject matter is derived from original and authentic evidences and other sources of information more or less scattered, which, in the form it is presented, will, it is hoped, be not only acceptable to the general reader, but enable the representatives of these ancient houses to possess a convenient and trustworthy history of their family connections and kin. It only remains for the Author to express his obligation to those friends who, by ready offers of information and in other ways, have made him their debtor. His thanks are specially due to W. V. B. Hulton, Esq., of Hulton Park; Thomas Helsby, Esq., of Lincoln s Inn; John Eglington Bailey, Esq., F.S.A., of Stretford; John Paul Rylands, Esq., F.S.A., of Heather Lea, Claughton; and Edmund R. T. Molyneux-S eel, Esq., of Kensington. UPTON HALL, PKESTBURV, CHESHIRE, MAY, 1887.
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