Tixall Poetry

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Tixall Poetry (1813)
edited by Arthur Clifford
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Tixall Poetry.

Ruins of Tixall

Ruins of Tixall
Ruins of Tixall
Wilson sculpt.

Engraved from an Original painting in the possession of Mr Clifford.

Pubd by Longman, Hurst & Co London and John Ballantyne & Co Edinburgh.



Notes and Illustrations


Arthur Clifford, Esq.

Editor of Sir Ralph Sadler's State Papers.

———Sow, which from her spring,
At Stafford meeteth Penk, which she along doth bring
To Trent, by Tixall grac'd, the Astons' ancient seat,
Which oft the Muse hath found her safe and sweet retreat.
The noble owners now of which beloved place,
Good fortunes them and theirs with honoured titles grace:
May Heaven still bless that house, till happy floods you see
Yourselves more graced by it, than it by you can be.
Whose bounty, still my Muse so freely shall confess,
As when she shall want words, her signs shall it express.

Drayton's Poly-olbion, Song XII.


Printed by James Ballantyne anb Co.

For Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London;

And John Ballantyne and Co. Edinburgh.



The Right Honourable

Lady Harriet Leveson Gower.


I have had the pleasure to be informed, that your Ladyship has frequently been heard to express your admiration of Tixall, and its situation. Your Ladyship has also favoured me with your approbation of a considerable part of the Poetry in this volume, which I had the honour, some time ago, to submit to your Ladyship's perusal. With such a decision, therefore, in my favour, I can confidently declare, that I feel little or no anxiety in offering this Work to the Public.

I have the honour to be,
With the highest respect,
Your Ladyship’s most obliged, and
Most obedient humble servant,

Arthur Clifford.

Edinburgh, 5th July, 1818.

Chapters (not listed in original)


Preface, p. xxxix, l. 18, read light.

Poetry, p. 212, l. 4, for corn read coin.
p. 217, l. 20, read, In love, but love and humblenes?
From 239, down to 249, the paging is wrong, but nothing is omitted.
p. 3(2)46, l. last, for I bear, read Bear.

Lately Published,

The State Papers and Letters of Sir Ralph Sadler, Knight-Banneret. Edited by Arthur Clifford, Esq. To which is added a Memoir of the Life of Sir Ralph Sadler, with Historical Notes; by Walter Scott, Esq. 2 vol. 4to. With Portraits, Autographs, and other Embellishments. 5l. 5s. boards.

A few Copies on Large Paper, in 3 vol. 4to, price 81. 8s.

👉 All these important State Papers, excepting those referring to the earliest of the Four Periods, are now laid before the Public for the first time. They are published from the Originals, which have been preserved in the family of Thomas Clifford, Esq. of Tixall, in the county of Stafford, whose mother, the Hon. Barbara Aston, represented Gertrude Sadler, Lady Aston, grand-daughter and sole heiress of Sir Ralph Sadler.

The Collection consists of four separate Sets of Letters, relating almost entirely to the affairs of Scotland; the First, on the negociation for disuniting that kingdom from France, and from the Family Alliance against England; the Second, on the Scottish Reformation; the Third, on the Rebellion in the North of England in 1569; and the Last, on the subject of Queen Mary. In these transactions Sir Ralph Sadler, as Ambassador from England, bore an important part, and displayed great abilities as a Statesman. His Letters, and State Papers, throw a strong light on one of the most interesting periods in British History.

This work was published before January 1, 1929, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

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