Before the opening chapter of the book, Rev. Cobbold gives this preface.
Upon the banks of the beautiful river Orwell has stood for centuries, and
still stands, Freston Tower. Every sailor belonging to the port of Ipswich
knows it well; every traveller in the county of Suffolk, who has any love for
the tranquil in nature, must have noticed, if he has sailed from Ipswich to
Harwich, this picturesque object towering above the trees, and looking upon the
wildest expanse of water which the river scene affords.
Thousands of conjectures have been formed as to its origin and use. After many
years of promised hope to unravel the mystery, the present work will afford an
entertaining and instructive record of its origin.
It will be found connected with the history of one of the most learned youths
of his age, even with that of the Boy-Bachelor of Oxford; with the stirring
events of the Reformation; with the pride and downfall of the proudest
Chancellor England ever knew, and will afford a lesson to readers of both
sexes of the punishment of haughtiness, and the reward of true nobility and
patience, even in their present existence.
In sending forth the present edition, the Author is gratified by the thought
that some benefit may arise therefrom to the Hospital in his native town.