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Itinerary of Provence and the Rhone Made During the Year 1819   By: (1790-1857)

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Hughes

South of France

ONLY TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY COPIES PRINTED.

" I informed my friend that I had just received from England a journal of a tour made in the South of France by a young Oxonian friend of mine, a poet, a draughtsman, and a scholar in which he gives such an animated and interesting description of the Château Grignan, the dwelling of Madame de Sevigné's beloved daughter, and frequently the place of her own residence, that no one who ever read the book would be within forty miles of the same without going a pilgrimage to the spot. The Marquis smiled, seemed very much pleased, and asked the title at length of the work in question; and writing down to my dictation, 'An Itinerary of Provence and the Rhone made during the year 1819, by John Hughes, A.M. of Oriel College, Oxford,' observed, that he could now purchase no books for the Château, but would recommend that the Itineraire should be commissioned for the Library to which he was abonné in the neighbouring town," Sir Walter Scott's Quentin Durward .

Thomas White, Printer, Johnson's Court.

ITINERARY

OF

PROVENCE & THE RHONE,

MADE DURING THE YEAR 1819.

BY JOHN HUGHES, M.A.

OF ORIEL COLLEGE OXFORD.

[Illustration: J. Hughes Esq. del. W. Woolnoth, SG. ISLE OF ST. MARGUERITE NEAR CANNES AND PRISON OF MASQUE DE FER.]

SECOND EDITION.

LONDON:

JAMES CAWTHORN.

MD.CCCXXIX.

PREFACE.

IT has been the Author's object to render the following volume a companion to persons visiting the country described. He has therefore not so much studied to compile from known books of historical reference, as to answer those plain and practical questions which suggest themselves during an actual journey, and to enable those whose time is limited, and who wish to employ it actively, to form the necessary calculations as to what is to be seen and done. The best points of view, and the parts which may be passed over rapidly, are therefore specified, as well as the places where good accommodation are to be expected, or imposition to be guarded against.

The subjects of the Illustrations will be mentioned in the course of the Itinerary, for the information of collectors, of whose notice it is trusted they will be rendered worthy by the well known talents of Mr. Dewint and the Messrs. Cookes.

CONTENTS.

CHAP. I. Paris to Rochepot

CHAP. II. Rochepot to Lyons

CHAP. III. Lyons

CHAP. IV. Lyons to Montelimart

CHAP. V. Château Grignan

CHAP. VI. Orange Avignon

CHAP. VII. Avignon Murder of Brune Hôpital des Fous Mission of 1819

CHAP. VIII. Pont du Gard Nismes Montpelier Cette

CHAP. IX. Tarascon Beaucaire St. Remy Orgon Lambesc

CHAP. X. Aix Marseilles

CHAP. XI. Ollioules Toulon

CHAP. XII. Frejus Cannes Isle of St. Marguerite Antibes

CHAP. XIII. Nice Col di Tende Conclusion

AN

ITINERARY,

&c.

CHAP. I.

PARIS TO ROCHEPOT.

NO one, I imagine, ever yet left an hotel in a central and bustling part of Paris, without feeling the faculty of observation strained to the utmost, and experiencing a whirl and jumble of recollections as little in unison with each other as the well known signs of that whimsical city, the Boeuf à la mode , (with his cachemire shawl and his ostrich feathers) and the Mort d'Henri Quartre . The contrasts and varieties of the grave and gay, the affecting and the burlesque, the magnificent and the paltry, which exist and may be sought out in abundance in every great capital, are perhaps more vividly concentrated at Paris than any where else, and brought with less trouble under the eye of those whose spirits or leisure may not allow them to mix in society. In London every thing wears a busy uniform exterior, varied only by the apparition of a Turk, a Lascar, or a Highlander; and home appears to be the place reserved for the development of character: but in Paris, from the fashion of living almost in public, and the freedom which every one enjoys of following his own taste in dress or amusement without notice, the history of most individuals appears to a certain degree written on their exterior; and a morning's walk brings you in contact with all the diversities of character which rapidly succeeding events have created... Continue reading book >>




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