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prominent features of its inhabitants, may not appear either tedious or uninteresting; and he flatters himself, they will not be unacceptable to those, who, like himfelf, might be induced to explore the beautiful scenery of North Wales; and to whom the short, though probably imperfect account of it there given, may prove an useful companion, to direct them in their progress through a country, to which they might be altogether unac
: He claims the indulgence of his readers for the tautology and egotism, almost inseparable from works of such
+ description; but he has, as much as poffible, endeavoured to avoid a repetition of names, and for this reason, has, in most cases, spoken of himself as being the only spectator; at the same time, in justice to those who accompanied him, he takes this opportunity of acknowledging himself, upon many occasions, greatly indebted to them for many interesting remarks and useful information, which otherwise he could not have had the means of acquiring.
Since he first conceived the design of publishing, these letters, fome necessary additions have been made, and
a short a short Appendix added, for the sake of giving them a more connected form; for there were a few places, which, owing to particular circumstances, it was not in his power to see, and a short account of these, together with some other detached obfervations, compose the Appendix, to which also are subjoined the names of the most noted places that they visited in the course of their route, and their distances from each other. Those • marked with one or more asterisks, imply the number of nights they remained at each.
&c. &c. &c.
BALA, North Wales, July 11, 17946 SURROUNDED on all sides by cloud
capt mountains; arrived amongst a people, to whose language I am a per"feet stranger, and whose manners and customs are as eccentric as they are fingular, every circumstance attracts attention, and every object excites admiration. But it is with pleasure, my dear friend, that I cease for a while from contemplating the scene around me, and turn to that
which I have so lately quitted: memory willingly lingers round a spot where the mind has not been much oppressed with sorrow or care; and I must, in justice, acknowledge, that during a residence of three years at Cambridge, the happiness I there enjoyed was scarcely ever interrupted, or overshadowed even by the smallest cloud of misfortune ; a retrospect will therefore prove to me a constant source of satisfaction, because the memory of the past will not be accompanied with images of regret, or any other cause of forrow or reproach. It will be peculiarly pleasing to me to write to you from time to time, and give you some account of our “ Travels' History,” to relate to you all our “ moft disastrous chances and moving accidents by flood or field;" for in every thing which concerned us, you were pleased to express yourself particularly interested,