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the manufactories which are built so near the bath.
is offended too frequently here from having the uniformity destroyed by two or three large red brick buildings, standing on the margin of the clear and winding stream, intruding upon the harmony of the prospect, and disgracing the native colouring of the
grey, the grave, and towering rock, which has stood there from the creation of the world, by having a neighbour obtrude itself so near its ancient precincts in the modern form of an extensive brick-kiln.
The ear is offended hourly by the rude or indecent speeches of the almost lawless manufacturers, should they meet you in your walks or on your rides, accosting you too often with shameful sentences of blasphemy or obscenity; for the wonted simplicity of the rustic, with his obedient nod, has long been done away in this distracted country. “Why is this, wherefore?” Shall we call it licentiousness, or has the humble crawling worm, conceiving itself too much oppressed, embibed the poison of the envenomed adder, and raising his ignoble crest, resolved to shew resentment to every imperious traveller who
chance to tread too heavily on the secret path under which he sleeps, and wreathing from his crooked narrow cavern of repose, gives his betters to understand that he is possessed of feeling; or has he, having been visited by the spirit of equality, for ever taken leave of order and degree, so truly necessary in
society; if it be so, the times are bad indeed. Shakespeare, in his Troilus and Cressida, has defined this matter more philosophically, and to the
purpose, than any
other writer, saying,
“ The heav'ns themselves, the planets, and this centre,
Peaceful commerce from dividable shores,
Matlock is one hundred and thirtysix miles from London, through Derby.
There is an upper and a lower Harrowgate, which lie at about a mile distant from each other, and in point of accommodation, manner, and custom, are similar to Buxton, only with this difference, they are less elegant, but still more moderate in respect to boarding and other expences.
There is great decorum and good order at the boarding inns, and mostly good harmony; this may proceed from a president being placed at the head of the table; the last new visitant always takes his seat at the bottom, rising by degrees to the head, and that maintains good order; for without a head all bodies are imperfect.