A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy

A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy

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A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy

A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy

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A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy

They order, said I, this matter better in France -- -- You have been in France? said my gentleman, turning quick upon me with the most civil triumph in the world. --Strange! quoth I, debating the matter with myself, That one and twenty miles sailing, for 't is absolutely no further from Dover to Calais, should give a man these rights --I'll look into them: so giving up the argument -- I went straight to my lodgings, put up half a dozen shirts and a black pair of silk breeches -- "the coat I have on," said I, looking at the sleeve, "will do" -- took a place in the Dover stage; and the packet sailing at nine the next morning -- by three I had got sat down to my dinner upon a fricaseed chicken, so incontestibly in France, that had I died that night of an indigestion, the whole world could not have suspended the effects of the Droits d' aubaine1 -- my shirts, and black pair of silk breeches -- portmanteau and all must have gone to the King of France -- even the little picture which I have so long worn, and so often have told thee, Eliza, I would carry with me into my grave, would have been torn from my neck. -- Ungenerous! -- to seize upon the wreck of an unwary passenger, whom your subjects had beckon'd to their coast -- by heaven! SIRE, it is not well done; and much does it grieve me, 't is the monarch of a people so civilized and courteous, and so renowned for sentiment and fine feelings, that I have to reason with ----

But I have scarce set foot in your dominion ----

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