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THE

DIARY OF AN INVALID

BEING THE JOURNAL OF A TOUR

IN PURSUIT OF HEALTH

IN PORTUGAL ITALY SWITZERLAND

AND FRANCE

IN THE YEARS 1817 1818 AND 1819

BY HENRY MATTHEWS ESQ. R.M.

FELLOW OF KING'S COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE

talking of the Alps and Apennines
The Pyrenæan and the River Po-SHAKSPEARE

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BBLIOTHEQUE CASETONACO

LAUSANNE
UNIVERSITAIRE

LONDON: PRINTED BY C. ROWORTH, BELL YARD,

TEMPLE BAR.

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PREFACE.

The following pages may seem to require some apology, being, as they are, the transcript of a Journal written to amuse the hours of indisposition, without any idea of publication.

From these materials, I was induced, upon my return to England, to begin an account of my travels in a more serious and sustained style of composition; but my work was arrested by hearing, from those to whose judgment I have deferred, that I was labouring only to deprive my Journal of almost all that made it interesting in its original form ;-like an indifferent artist, whose finished picture has often less to recommend it, than his first rough sketch from nature. Though this may be no excuse for

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