The publication of the present volume has been thus long delayed
principally in consequence of the melancholy loss I sustained in
1819 by the death of my brother. It was a considerable time
before I could feel equal to resume the work; and I should wholly
have shrunk from the task, had I not considered myself pledged
in various ways to complete the Devonshire volume. Our personal
collections had long been made, and we had finished our last
notes, those for the northern part of the county, in 1818; but my
brother had made little progress in the subjects which had fallen
under his department, namely, the Geology and Minerals, and
whatever relates to Antiquities in the General History, except the
heads of Ancient Architecture, for which he had collected and arranged ample notes. The articles which I have drawn up from these
have been kindly revised by Robert Smirke, Esq., jun., R.A., &c.
For the Geology of the county, its Mineralogy, &c., I have been
so fortunate as to have been favoured with the very able assistance of John Hawkins, Esq.; the Rev. Professor Buckland; the
Rev. J. Conybeare; and Mr. J. Miller. The late learned Bishop
of Cloyne obligingly transmitted his paper on the Roman Roads
and Stations not long before his death; and on the subject of
Ancient Encampments, I have been kindly assisted by his friend
and fellow-traveller, the Rev. T. Leman.
Rodmarton, July 20. 1822.