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A residence of many years in Yorkshire, and an inveterate habit of collecting all kinds of
odd and out-of-the-way information concerning men and matters, furnished me, when I left
Yorkshire in 1872, with a large amount of material, collected in that county, relating to its
eccentric children.
A friend, when he heard that I was collecting such material, exclaimed, "What are you about? Every other Yorkshireman is a character!" Such is the case. No other county produces so much originality—and that originality, when carried to excess, is eccentricity. I look back with the greatest pleasure to the kindness and hospitality I met with in Yorkshire, where I spent some of the happiest years of my life. I venture to offer this collection of memoirs of odd people, and narrative of strange events, as a humble contribution to the annals of the greatest, not perhaps only in extent, of our English count