Journal of a Tour in the Netherlands in the Autumn of 1815

Journal of a Tour in the Netherlands in the Autumn of 1815

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Journal of a Tour in the Netherlands in the Autumn of 1815

Journal of a Tour in the Netherlands in the Autumn of 1815

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I was not among those persons who took the earliest opportunity of going to the continent, when, after having so long been closed to English travellers, it was once more opened upon the overthrow and abdication of Buona. parte. A journey which might have seemed easy from the south of England appeared formidable when contemplated in Cumberland: moreover, I was wedded to the enjoyments and occupations of domestic life; and my wishes as well as habits were so disciplined that, except now and then in books, I never incurred any expenditure which could with propriety be spared. If a thought of visiting France and Switzerland was ever entertained, it was in the potential mood, and in the paulo-post-futurum tense.

It happened, however, a few weeks after the battle of Waterloo, that my brother Henry, who was just married, asked me to join him in . . .

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