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A tour through the whole island of Great…

A tour through the whole island of Great Britain (1724)

by Daniel Defoe

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Long before JB Priestley's English Journey, 1934. Defoe had a keen eye for what was worth noticing and what to pass by quickly. From Defoe:
I cannot leave Windsor, without taking notice, that we crossed the Thames upon a wooden bridge, for all the bridges on the river, between London and Oxford, are of timber, for the conveniency of the barges. Here we saw Eaton College, the finest school for what we call grammar learning, for it extends only to the humanity class, that is in Britain, or, perhaps, in Europe. . .
And now being come to the edge of Middlesex, which is a county too full of cities, towns, and palaces, to be brought in at the close of a letter, and with which I purpose to begin my next travels; I conclude this letter, and am,
Your most humble servant, ( )
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[at Bushey Heath] they were surprised at the Beauty of this Prospect, and how they look'd at one another, and then again turning their eyes every way in a kind of Wonder, one of them said to the other, that England was not like other Countrys, but it was all a planted garden. ... The inclos'd Corn-Fields made one grand Parterre, the thick planted Hedge Rows, like a Wilderness or Labyrinth, divided into Espaliers; the Villages interspers'd ...
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