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History of the Dunmow Flitch of Bacon Custom (Classic Reprint)

History of the Dunmow Flitch of Bacon Custom (Classic Reprint)

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We have written this little book because we are greatly interested in the good old Custom of Dunmow. The usage being curious, and so well calculated to promote domestic felicity, we deem it desirable to produce in a popular form a work on the subject. Grose says "Amongst the jocular tenures of England, none have been more talked about than the Bacon of Dunmow," yet, strange to relate, to the present time no history in a separate form has appeared, hence our wish to furnish one. We agree with the poet when he sings: -

It were well if "our Custom" so widely was spread,
That every fond couple resolv'd to be wed;
Would determine to please, to charm, and bewitch,
That in any year they might each claim the Flitch.

Should this be the case a glad world would be ours,
The thorns and the briars would bloom into flowers;
And all might rejoice, the poor and the rich,
If all would deserve and lay claim to the Flitch.

We have done our best to render our work attractive not only to the antiquary, but to the general reader. In our labour of love we have received much kind assistance, and amongst those we must thank for favours in furnishing poetical contributions and historical information, W. Harrison Ainsworth, Esq., William Berry, Esq., Le Chevalier de Chatelain, S. F. Longstaffe, Esq., F.R.H.S., F. Ross, Esq., F.R.H.S., our very dear friends Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Tweddell, of Stokesley. Mr. John William Savill, of Dunmow, at considerable trouble, has enriched us with valuable notes that have been of the greatest service in compiling this work. It is only right to state the promoters of the Dunmow Custom have in Mr. Savill a most energetic secretary and manager.

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