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nager is disposed to touch the royal
heart to the Quick, he sends for a
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other actor, in such a company, appear like a useless auxiliary; the sovereign in this, as well as in many other instances, shews the greatest attention and lenity, and a disposition to be pleased with the humblest efforts of his subjects.When Dr. Johnson, who was not celebrated for complimenting mankind, was called upon to visit the King, on his return from the presence-chamber, he was pleased to say, 5 that his Majesty was the finest gentleman he was ever in company with in his life.”

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The theatre is on a contracted scale, built in the shape of a wig-box, and not much wider; this thing (for it is difficult to give it a name) is managed by one of the principal proprietors of Sadler's Wells.

Weymouth is in Dorsetshire, one hundred and thirty miles from London; the post-towns are Brentford, Staines, Bagshot, Basingstoke, Whitchurch, Andover, Salisbury, Blandford, Dorchester, and so on to Weymouth. When the traveller arrives at Salisbury, it is worth his while to make a halt, in order to take a survey of the most splendid Gothic cathedral in England; the close in which it stands is the most extensive, kept in better order, and is more attractive in respect to its shaded and

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well-gravelled walks than is to be seen encircling any other structure of the kind in his Majesty's dominions.Many similar buildings in London, as well as in the country, are too often hid or huddled up and obtruded upon by insignificant and contemptible houses, that prevent the spectator from taking a proper survey of the whole, and take greatly away from the wished-for effect.

Although not the best built, yet there is not a town or provincial city in England that has such capabilities about it as Salisbury; the streets are laid out in regular angles, wide and strait, the ground level, and they open every way, like those in the parish of Marybone, in London, all terminating with a view into the ad

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jacent country, which renders it airy, and of course healthy; the whole is nearly square, and the market-place is extensive, neat, and handsome, and so judiciously concentrated, that it stands contiguous to every habitation. There is no where to be seen a market-place situated to such an advantage, where five or six wide streets open to it as inlets to the country, people from every quarter; and where no narrow lanes are seen with crooked, sharp, and dangerous turnings, which often endanger the lives of his Majesty's subjects; such as are to be found in Norwich, Coventry, Leicester, Shrewsbury, Cambridge, and many other towns throughout the kingdom, all very deficient in respect to conveniency.

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The new Town-hall, erected by Lord Radnor, is a stately edifice, built with stone, and is a great ornament to the city. The canals, perpetually

. running through almost every street, pure, clear, and rapid streams, are of peculiar advantage to the inhabitants, who have always at hand that useful necessary of life to keep their houses clean, or to carry away the dirt that consequently must be made in wash, ing them.

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We now come to one of the most splendid cities, for the size of it, that we have to boast of. It is difficult to begin, or to point out, the numerous beauties and elegancies of this place.

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