A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in the Northern Counties of England and in Scotland

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General Books LLC, 2009 - History - 256 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838. Excerpt: ... ORWARD! is the motto attached to more than one coat-armour; and it is a motto which should be always present in the "mind's eye" of every traveller who has objects to accomplish which require both time and opportunity to realize. "Up and be doing," says the wisest of all mortal men; and although good fellowship and dainty fare be sufficiently operative with all travellers, sentimental or uneducated, yet it became absolutely necessary to break away from the Capua of my first station, Peterborough. It became absolutely necessary to bid adieu to the cordial comforts which awaited and attended me during my stay there of four days. Painful as could not fail to be the effort, it was imperative to put it in force; and sweet voices and friendly hands were heard and felt, as the postchaise drew up to the door of my host, on our separation for my journey to Lincoln; making a halt of three days to see the wonders of Belvoir Castle, Belton, Syston, and Newark. That " halt" was at my old-young friend's, the Rector of Carlton Scroop j situate to the right, and about midway between Grantham and Newark. When we arrived at Peterborough, the weather was intensely hot; but scarcely within twenty-four hours after, there was a thunder-storm, succeeded by a coolness of atmosphere, which, for the five succeeding months, may be said to have brought nothing but rain, and wind, and cold weather. During my whole journey, and till my return, there was no such thing as one continuous week of sultry or even serene weather: and this, from the sixteenth of July to the ninth of December. Yet that day was a pleasant one, as far as sunshine and soft zephyrs went, when we bade adieu to our amiable host and hostess within the cathedral's precincts. Dr. James's house, attached to one of the a...

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