London to Dublin; With a Trip to the Irish Lakes and the Mountains of Connamara

London to Dublin; With a Trip to the Irish Lakes and the Mountains of Connamara

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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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...of the collection of British antiquities which it contains, as well as for its architectural character. It has, too, some historical associations. Downing was described by its owner as being "Cowley's wish realized, a small house and a large garden." It was indeed a choice retreat for the diligent naturalist and indefatigable student. Pennant was not a man of very powerful mind, but he was a careful observer, and not apt to write for the sake of effect. Johnson went little beyond the mark when he said, " The man's a Whig, sir, a sad dog, but he's the best traveller I ever read; he observes more things than any one else does." His description of his native country (' Tour in Wales, ' 1778) has served as a quarry for all his successors. Both Mostyn Hall and Downing stand in good situations. Mostyn is approached by a noble avenue of "old patrician trees," and the park affords some fine views of mingled sea and land; the grounds of Downing yield excellent prospects. They are worth visiting, therefore, by those who have leisure and feel interested in celebrated houses. It is time, however, that we turned our steps a little inland. There is a short detour which will carry us through a more beautiful country than any we have yet seen, and enable us also to visit some localities that must not be overlooked. Our course for the present lies south-west, Caerwys being the first town we are to halt at, and the Vale of Clwyd our day's journey. We strike right up the hills, ascending higher and higher as we pass from one summit to another till we reach the top of Pen-y-bant (or some such name), where we gain a prospect that is perfectly refreshing after having been so long confined to a comparatively low strip of land. Far away the...show more

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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236533038
  • 9781236533036