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The Pennyles Pilgrimage Or The Money-lesse Perambulation of John Taylor   By: (1580-1653)

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1. Quotes, parentheses and other punctuation are sometimes missing or missplaced in the original. These have been made consistent with modern convention.

2. Apostrophes, where missing in the original, have been added.

3. Footnotes have been numbered sequentially and moved to the end the book.

4. Misspelled words have been corrected and such changes noted at the end of the book.



The Money lesse perambulation,

of JOHN TAYLOR, Alias the Kings Majesties Water Poet .

HOW HE TRAVAILED ON FOOT from London to Edenborough in Scotland , not carrying any Money to or fro, neither Begging, Borrowing, or Asking Meate, drinke or Lodging.

With his Description of his Entertainment in all places of his Journey, and a true Report of the unmatchable Hunting in the Brea of Marre and Badenoch in Scotland .

With other Observations, some serious and worthy of Memory, and some merry and not hurtfull to be Remembred.

Lastly that (which is Rare in a Travailer) all is true.


Printed by Edw: Allde , at the charges of the Author. 1618

TO THE TRULY NOBLE AND RIGHT HONORABLE LORD GEORGE MARQUIS of Buckingham, Viscount Villiers, Baron of Whaddon, Justice in Eyre of all his Majesty's Forests, Parks, and Chases beyond Trent, Master of the Horse to his Majesty, and one of the Gentlemen of his Highness Royal Bed Chamber, Knight of the most Noble Order of the Garter, and one of his Majesty's most Honorable Privy Council of both the Kingdoms of England and Scotland.

Right Honorable, and worthy honoured Lord, as in my Travels, I was entertained, welcomed, and relieved by many Honourable Lords, Worshipful Knights, Esquires, Gentlemen, and others both in England and Scotland. So now your Lordship's inclination hath incited, or invited my poor muse to shelter herself under the shadow of your honorable patronage, not that there is any worth at all in my sterile invention, but in all humility I acknowledge that it is only your Lordship's acceptance, that is able to make this nothing, something, and withal engage me ever.

Your Honors,

In all observance,


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Reader, these Travels of mine into Scotland, were not undertaken, neither in imitation, or emulation of any man, but only devised by myself, on purpose to make trial of my friends both in this Kingdom of England, and that of Scotland, and because I would be an eye witness of divers things which I had heard of that Country; and whereas many shallow brained Critics, do lay an aspersion on me, that I was set on by others, or that I did undergo this project, either in malice, or mockage of Master Benjamin Jonson, I vow by the faith of a Christian, that their imaginations are all wide, for he is a gentleman, to whom I am so much obliged for many undeserved courtesies that I have received from him, and from others by his favour, that I durst never to be so impudent or ungrateful, as either to suffer any man's persuasions, or mine own instigation, to incite me, to make so bad a requital, for so much goodness formerly received; so much for that, and now Reader, if you expect

That I should write of cities' situations, Or that of countries I should make relations: Of brooks, crooks, nooks; of rivers, bournes and rills, Of mountains, fountains, castles, towers and hills, Of shires, and piers, and memorable things, Of lives and deaths of great commanding kings, I touch not those, they not belong to me; But if such things as these you long to see, Lay down my book, and but vouchsafe to read The learned Camden , or laborious Speed .

And so God speed you and me, whilst I rest

Yours in all thankfulness:

JOHN TAYLOR... Continue reading book >>

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