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From London to Land's End

Daniel Defoe

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. . .swered the expense so as to give encouragement to the undertakers.

Here is a great deal of good company, and abundance of gentry being in the neighbourhood, it adds to the sociableness of the place.  The clergy also here are, generally speaking, very rich and very numerous.

As there is such good company, so they are gotten into that new-fashioned way of conversing by assemblies.  I shall do no more than mention them here; they are pleasant and agreeable to the young peoples, and sometimes fatal to them, of which, in its place, Winchester has its share of the mirth.  May it escape the ill-consequences!

The hospital on the south of this city, at a mile distant on the road to Southampton, is worth notice.  It is said to be founded by King William Rufus, but was not endowed or appointed till later times by Cardinal Beaufort.  Every traveller that knocks at the door of this house in his way, and asks for it, claims the relief of a p. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a great look into southern England during the early 1700s. I want to go back through the places he visited and see the changes that have happened during the space of 300 or so years.

Coming from the area that Defoe writes about, it was like reading a charming history of the place I grew up in.

A snapshot of a bye gone era wonderfully written.