Notes on a Journey Through France, from Dieppe Through Paris and Lyons, to the Pyrennees, and Back Through Toulouse, in July, August and September, 1814, Describing the Habits of the People, and the Agriculture of the Country

Notes on a Journey Through France, from Dieppe Through Paris and Lyons, to the Pyrennees, and Back Through Toulouse, in July, August and September, 1814, Describing the Habits of the People, and the Agriculture of the Country

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1815 edition. Excerpt: ... to the forge-ma_st_ers. It isrniserably.___wr_ough_t; wit.lrc_1.t_ a single im_pro_vemen.t, I ' should suppose, since the days of Julius Caesar. The_ore is rich, and, containing calcareous spar, reduced to metal without the addition of any W other substance. It lies very irregularly; mi_centsi limestone of a schistose appearance. The-mass of ore is some parts upwards of sixty feet in' thickness. Like the peasantry, the miners are-l mostly proprietors of land. The whole surface of the mountain is divided in patches of differ-_ ent dimensions; all cultivated and watered with the utmost assiduity, and clothed with luxuriantvegetation. Aug. 31.'---From Tarascon to Foix; still descending towards the plain, through a romantic rocky vale. From Foix to Pamier; no longer' mountainous, butialluvial hills of quartzose sand, or of schist assuming the character of clay, with some calcareous rocks. From Pamier we pass over a vast sandy flat, bounded by sand hills of" poor quality, to the Garonne, which we cross by' a ferry two leagues above Toulouse. Here the land is richer, and as we approach Toulouse, ' is extremely fertile. Two strong oxen yoked by the horns to the beam of a light plough, of pretty good construction, the ploughman driving them by means of a long-stafi-which answers the double purpose of a goad and a_ paddle, are performing their work in a style which some English farmers might; envy. This is an improvement on the poor little implement drawn by a pair of light cows, on the Pyrenn__ees. I note it with pleasure-, being the only district in whichl have seen good ploughing since we left Normandy. T-he cotlrse of husband-ry 'ap-' pears to be extremely simple;----on-the poor: lands, wheat; fallow-: on the rich, wheat; Indiashow more

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  • English
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  • 1236858654
  • 9781236858658