Excerpt from Royston Gower, or the Days of King John: An Historical Romance
HE Author has ventured to appear before his readers in a new form in the present work, and can only hope that the fare he has provided will prove acceptable. Having won much praise, as a rural sketcher, as might satisfy any one possess ing even more than a moderate share of ambition, he trusts that he shall not be found fault with, for having placed a few figures in the fore-ground of his landscape.
In writing this work, the author has fulfilled one of his boyish wishes I: for it was long a dream of his youth to accomplish an' undertaking, the scene of which should be fixed in Sherwood Forest, in the days of Robin Hood. How he has completed his task, it remains for others to decide.
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