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JOSIAH CONDER:

A MEMOIR.

INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER.

FORMER GENERATIONS.

The family records or traditions of the Conders do not extend further back than to the sixth generation; nor do they include any names illustrious for rank, wealth, or genius. Happily, they are equally undistinguished by dishonour or crime; so that if JOSIAH CONDER had not much to be proud of in his ancestry, he had nothing to be ashamed of. Their arms are not to be discovered at the Herald's College, and therefore it is probable they never bore any; and their only estates were their farms, which they cultivated themselves. But they bequeathed to their descendants the inheritance of an honest name and a religious example; and if worth and piety can ennoble, and every true Christian is the child of a king and the heir to a kingdom, there were not a few of the stock who could show good claims to that sort of nobility.

The family appears to have come originally from the north of England. The name is found in Yorkshire and

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