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THROUGH

FRANCE AND ITALY.

LETTER 1.

Boulogne sur mer, June 23, 1763. DEAR SIR, You

OU laid your commands upon me at parting, to communicate from time to time the observations I should make in the course of my travels,, and it was an injunction I received with pleasure. In gratifying your curiosity, I shall find some amusement to beguile the tedious hours, which without some such eroploy. ment, would be rendered insupportable by distemper and disquiet.

You knew, and pitied my situation, traduced by malice, persecuted by faction, abandoned by false patrons, and overwhelmed by the sense of a domestic calamity, which it was not in the power of fortune to repair.

You know with what eagerness I fled from my country as a scene of illiberal dispute, and incredible infatuation, where a few worthless incendiaries had, by dint of perfidious calumnies and atrocious abuse, kindled up a ilame which threatened all the horrors of civil dissention.

I packed up my little family in a hired coach, and attended by my trusty servant, who had lived with me a dozen of years, and now refused to leave me, took the road to Dover, in my way to the south of France, where I hoped the mildness of the climate would prove favourable to the weak state of my lungs.

VOL, XVII.

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VOL. XVII.

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By W. Lewis, Paternoster-rów,

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