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Sir , tiv&pbpl ; 4 tiij / iht 26 lk ;< lS 28 . The favourable reception which some former extracts froin itiy journal have met with from yourself and many of my friends , induces me to think that a continuation of them may prove acceptable to your readers . The notes which I made during my late tour are on too extended a scale to allow of my communicating the whole to the pages of a periodical ; but I shall endeavour to select those parts which I imagine wilt be the most
interesting , begging your readers to bear in mind , that if there be many things which I omit to describe , this may not always be owing either to my not having seen , or to my not having observed them .
SAMUEL WOOD . March 19 th , 1828 . I sailed from Marseilles , in company with my f riend Mr , M ., in the Naples steam-boat , a vessel which was British built , and had originally plied between Glasgow and Liverpool under the name 6 f tM Superb , but had since been re-christened the Royal Ferdinand ; The next morning we were in sight of the snowy peaks of the maritime AlpS ; td the east of Nice , and afterwards coasted along a bold range 6 f the Appefiriines , ' the bleak and barren character of which was only occasionally relieved by
the scanty forests which clothed their Sides , and by the White towns whicH were situated at their base ; so that my first view of Italy did riot at sill correspond to the abstract idea which I had forrried of that beautiful and classical country . We did hot reach Genoa till nine in the evening , atid were obliged to pass the night in a miserable vessel ik the harbour , instead of a comfortable inn on shore . In the morning , after going through various formalities , we were allowed to land , and soon found enough to occupy arid to interest our attention . The town of Genoa is built in the form of k
crescent , on the slope of a mountain which forms part of the Appermities . The streets are remarkabl y narrow , there being only three which are as much as twenty-five feet wide , and the average breadth of the rest no more than six or seVen ; yet it has obtained , and well deserves , the * name of Lti Superba , from the magnificence of its palaces , * for which every thing hsfs been done which united taste and opulence could effect . They are truly splendid edifices , built generally of marble , with noble vestibules ; staircases , and galleries , and filled with the finest paintings , 'the grandest are the King ' s , the Sera , the Doria , and the Dtirazzb . I went through the last of these , and can scarcely conceive any thing more magnificent than the
principal suite of rooms which Strangers are permitted to see : thd loftiness of the ceilings , the choiceriess of the paintings , and the air of splendour which prevailed throughout , seemed td announce the residence of a prince rather than of a private individual . The chutches are equally fine ; and thbu ' gh a critical taste might pronounce the profusion of gilding and painting to be not very strictly in keeping with the character of religious edifices , no one can help being struck with the splendour of the general effect . The
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1828, page 679, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2565/page/23/