Touring in 1600: A Study in the Development of Travel as a Means of Education

Touring in 1600: A Study in the Development of Travel as a Means of Education

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Touring in 1600: A Study in the Development of Travel as a Means of Education

Touring in 1600: A Study in the Development of Travel as a Means of Education

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But thus you see we maintain a trade, not for gold, silver, nor jewels; nor for silks; nor for spices; nor any other commodity of matter; but only for God's first creature, which was Light; to have Light (I say), of the growth of all parts of the world . . . we have twelve that sail into foreign countries, . . . who bring us the books, and abstracts and patterns of experiments of all other parts. These we call Merchants of Light.

F. BACON (1561-1626), New Atlantis .

FIRST, M. de Montaigne. -- When Montaigne found himself feeling old and ill, in 1580, he made up his mind to try the baths of Germany and Italy. So he set out; and returned in 1581. And sometimes the baths did him good and sometimes they made no difference; but the journeying never failed to do what the baths were meant for. He always, he says, found forgetfulness of his age and infirmities in travelling. However restless at night, he was alert in the morning, if the morning meant starting for somewhere fresh. Compared with Montaigne at home, Montaigne abroad never got tired or fretful; always in good spirits, always interested in everything . . .

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