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OR,

THE LORDSHIP BY TENURE,

INCLUDES

The Ladye of the Rose :

AN HISTORICAL

Legend,

RELATING TO THE

GREAT FOUNDER OF THE NOBLE HOUSE OF DARBYE.

“ Palmam qui meruit ferat."

BY THE AUTHOR OF

“ CROCKFORD'S; OR, LIFE IN THE WEST."

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

London:
MERRIC SMITH, 3, HYDE STREET, BLOOMSBURY.

1832-3.

33.157

TO

A MOST A MIABLE

NOBLEMAN,

ILLUSTRIOUS IN MIND, AS IN RANK,

HIS GRACE,

THE DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE, K.G.

WITH

TIE PROFOUNDEST RESPECT,

THESE PAGES

ARE INSCRIBED.

a

INTRODUCTION.

The family Legend of the noble house of Derby being somewhat voluminous, and being, besides, wholly distinct from, though having reference to the Novel of “Craven Derby; or, the Lordship by Tenure,” (yet, of which, it still forms an essential part) it has been thought proper, to publish it separately, though connectively, in the shape of a key to that production, which may be considered in the light of a lock to it.

The nature of a Legend admits of the blending of facts with fiction; but the great difficulty attending an effort of this kind, mainly exists in not outraging nature and

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