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A Historical Survey of the Customs, Habits, & Pres

A HISTORICAL SURVEY OF THE _CUSTOMS_, _HABITS_, & _PRESENT STATE_ OF The Gypsies; DESIGNED TO DEVELOPE The Origin of this Singular People, AND TO PROMOTE _The Amelioration of their Condition_.

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BY JOHN HOYLAND, _Author of an Epitome of the History of the World_, _&c._

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York: PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR; AND SOLD BY _WM. ALEXANDER_, _YORK_:

DARTON, HARVEY, & CO.; W. PHILLIPS; AND W. DARTON, JUN. LONDON.

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1816.

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Entered at Stationers' Hall.

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_Printed by HARGROVE_, _GAWTHORP_, _& COBB_, _Herald-Office_, _York_.

INTRODUCTION.

The author of the following Survey, has frequently had opportunity of observing the very destitute and abject condition of the Gypsey race, in the counties of Northampton, Bedford, and Herts. The impressions received from viewing a state so derogatory to human nature, induced him to make numerous inquiries, in order to ascertain if necessity compelled their continuance, under circumstances so deplorable as their condition exhibited.

Not meeting with satisfactory intelligence on application to various individuals, to whose observation Gypsies are frequently presented, the author was excited to an examination of history, for the developement of a case involved in so much obscurity; and aggravated by circumstances so repugnant to the mild and genial influences of the Christian Religion.

He must not however omit to state, that in Northamptonshire, William Allen, who is in the profession of the law, at Higham Ferrers, and Steward to Earl Fitzwilliam, very warmly interested himself on the subject. He said it afforded him much pleasure to find, that some attention was excited to the condition of the Gypsies, and that he should be glad to co-operate, as far as was in his power, in any measures likely to conduce to the reformation of this greatly neglected class of British subjects.

He volunteered his services to find out the nearest Gypsey rendezvous, and soon procured information of an encampment which the writer visited. An account of the visit will appear in the following sheets. The first assurance that the Gypsies really had a language peculiar to themselves, which the author received, was from this intelligent and obliging professor of the law, who had heard children, as well as adults among them, speak it with great fluency.


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