Excerpt from Picturesque Memorials of Winchester
Within a still more recent period, however, a further advance, not less agreeable than surprising, has taken place in the same department of literature; by Which the splendour of topographical deco ration is maintained and even enhanced, While the expenses of its circulation are brought within a compass suitable to the pretensions not of peers and princes only, but of the vast, the intellectual, and enlightened mass of the community.
AS a general means of gratifying literary taste, no light advantages may be anticipated from this extended inﬂuence of' Topography. But, besides this, there is a nobler philosophy, as well as a deeper policy, than has yet been properly developed, in attaching men, by examples of natural and artificial beauty, to the scenes of their childhood, education, residence, or other less direct associations; in unfolding to their view every hidden resource, and teaching them to love and revere whatever is lovely and venerable around them; in investing, as far as may be, the natural charms of home With those outward fascinations, which we are too apt to attribute only to distant and unknown regions in thus adding one more to the many other inducements that might be urged for domestic gratitude and content - reviving the recollections of the absent, and fixing the affections of the wavering.
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