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To the Editor , Sir , Marseilles , Nov . 29 th 9 1827 . I have often thought that they whose lot ijt is to go abroad are . very selfish , if they do not endeavour to make others participate in the pleasure and
advantage which they derive from visiting foreign parts . Nor is the force of this observation materially diminished by the great number of books of travels into every practicable region of the globe , which we already possess . In these times of improvement , every country is perpetually presenting something new ; and France , especially , is at this moment offering to the eye of the philanthropist a picture which he must delight to contemplate . Besides , men travel with different views and with different tastes ; one , with a hammer
and a bag at his side , to break rocks and collect mineralogical specimens ; a second , with a tin box and a hortus siccus , to gather mosses ; a third , to criticise statues and paintings ; and a fourth , to see the world / and " catch the passing folly as it flies ; " and it is very possible that much , which is
interesting td the true lover of his species , may pass before the eyes , or assail the ears , of each of these individuals , witihout his thinking it worth his while to treasure it up and record it for his own or for others' good . I shall , therefore , proceed , without further preface , to present your readers with an abridgment of the Journal which I kept during my late tour through the South of France .
Wednesday , Oct . 3 d , left Liverpool for Dublin , where I arrived the next day , and sailed thence , in the evening of Friday the 5 th , in the Leeds steamboat , for Bourdeaux . The weather , during our passage , was , upon the whole , pleasant ; but the vessel was too crowded to be comfortable . We were seventy-six passengers , besides the crew , which amounted to thirty . Some were going abroad for pleasure and improvement ; others for economy ; and others for health . It was truly lamentable to see some of the last class , who were evidently so far gone in consumption that they could not survive
many weeks . One lady died on the passage , and we committed her body to the waves , for fear of being put under quarantine on our arrival at Bourdeaux . But there seems to be a kind of infatuation , with respect to the chances of recovery from consumption , which is shared both by the patient himself and by his friends . Nothing less than this can account for so many persons , affected in this way , going out with a moral certainty of dying , away from their friends and country . * We made the mouth of the Gironde early on Tuesday morning , and anchored it Pauillac , opposite the Lazaretto , at two o ' clock . Here the searching of the vessel , and the examination of our
lug-• To those who have a reasonable hope of recovery by removal to a warmer climate , none can be recommended in preference to that of Madeira . I spent two winters there , and neither know nor can conceive of any thing more truly pleasant and salubrious than the temperature which uniformly prevailed . In France , Montauban and Toulouse are decidedly the best places for an invalid to go to . They are drier
than Bourdeaux , and warmer than any of the towns in the south-eastern part of this country . How such places as Lisbon and Montpelier should ever have obtained any reputation as resorts for consumptive patients , is one of those enigmas which it is very difficult to explain . I have been at both , and am sure that they are not to be recommended . The climate of the bank a of the Loire is mild and soft , but too moist for some constitutions .
JOURNAL OF A TOUR IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE , BY > THE REV . S . WOOD .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1828, page 6, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2556/page/6/