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MARCH 29TH, 1880,
By J. FISHER CROSTHWAITE.
Oh, lost to virtue-lost to manly thought,
In contemplation of created things,
Keswick :-M. BAILEY AND T. Mayson.
The kindly way in which my paper, “ The Last of the Derwentwaters," was received induces me to publish this, the subject of which may be esteemed to be one of more than local interest. As my object in my former paper was to rescue from oblivion memories of the past history of the parish of Crosthwaite, so now, I desire to preserve a record of one, who for upwards of forty years resided in the parish, and whose character and influence will be long felt and remembered. The part which MAJOR-GENERAL SIR John George WOODFORD took in the stirring events at the commencement of the present century will be read with no ordinary interest by those who knew him, and I trust also by the general public.
I am again favoured by illustrations drawn by Mr. E. J. GRAYSON, whose pencil added so much interest to, and aided in, the success of my former paper. The photograph taken in Sir John's ninetieth year it is hoped will add to the interest of this little book.
I have to acknowledge information kindly given to me by the Rev. A. F. A. WOODFORD, which has enabled me to furnish many facts relating to Sir John's career, of which I had no previous knowledge.
J. F. CROSTHWAITE.
Keswick, July 7th, 1881.