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FRANCIS TURNER PALGRAVE, ESQ.,

late Scholar of Balliol and Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford ;

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This first complete and worthy edition of an old Poet :

Very faithfully and admiringly,

ALEXANDER B. GROSART.

MEMORIAL-INTRODUCTION.

I. BIOGRAPHICAL.

PHINEAS, and not GILES FLETCHER as usually

supposed—was the first-born of his Family; and hence such new facts and details as I have had the good fortune to discover (and recover) concerning the FLETCHERS, find most fitting place in the Memoir of him prefixed to our collection of his 'Poems.'1

The father of our Poets was GILES FLETCHER, LL.D., brother of RICHARD FLETCHER, who died Bishop of London. He was a man who did valorous and varied service to his Country : his visit to THEODORE IVANOWICH, ‘czar' of Russia, and his book about it, being the most notable. Dr GILES FLETCHER was son of good RICHARD FLETCHER, the first REFORMATION pastor' of CRANBROOK in Kent, and in his somewhat stormy and wandering life, he is found flitting to and fro between the paternal Vicarage and London. PHINEAS was born—as elsewhere we prove-in CRAN

1 In the Fuller Worthies’ Library, 4 vols. 1869. later to be published uniform with this.

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