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FROM THE ENGLISH AND AMERICAN REVIEWS, MAGAZINES, JOURNALS,
New Publications of the Day, of Lasting Interest;
THE QUARTER ENDING AT LADY-DAY, 1830.
THE WHOLE CAREFULLY COMPILED, DIGESTED, AND METHODISED.
I, VOYAGES AND TRAVELS.
V. DISCOVERIES IN SCIENCE.
Disponendo me, non mutando me.
AND SOLD BY ALL BOOKSELLERS.
At the present moment, when so many of less humid and variable than that of the our countrymen are either residing in France, southern shores of England. or hastening thither for the purpose of “Persons," says a gentleman, now visiting economizing, a plain, honest statement of the Continent (from whose notes we have the real state of things in that country can- extracted some remarks), “ who travel in not but be useful. The books which are England, sometimes complain of the want of printed and published here in London, under accommodations at some of the inns they the names of guides, tours, &c., appear to be meet with on their journey, and no doubt either compiled at home by persons who with justice ; but I doubt whether it would never travelled, or to be written by persons be possible, at any time of the year, or any who, having travelled, have acquired the hour of the day or night, to find one of the traveller's licence of saying what is not true. principal hotels of Bath or Bristol so utterly We are told, for example, in “ Reichard's unprovided, that a cup of coffee could not be Guide to France"-one of the best books of made for the traveller. This, however, was the kind with which we are acquainted—that the case at the Hotel d'Angleterre, where I at Caen, in Normandy, English persons and my family took up our quarters, on our may enjoy the comforts of life at a third less arrival in Caen. They had wines and spirits than in one of the provincial towns of their of every description ; but children do not own country. This is altogether incorrect. drink these things, and would have preferred Living in Caen, on the contrary, is scarcely coffee. When I complained of this want of one-third cheaper than in London ; and as attention to the travellers who might arrive to what are called the “ comforts of life"- late at the hotel, the female waiter shrugged unless by “comforts,” the guide-book means up her shoulders, said she was exceedingly wine and brandy—they are not cheaper at sorry, but that as to the petits enfans,' they Caen than at Exeter, Plymouth, or any would go to sleep and forget it. I smiled at of the large towns of Devonshire or Corn- her philosophy, and dismissed her for the wall. Brittany is, perhaps, cheaper than night." Devonshire, but it is a far less desirable Few persons with a family would choose place than Caen to reside in, the language to remain at an hotel of this kind, where, not being pure French; the people rough, however attentive and obliging the people uncouth, and ignorant; and the climate no may be, the quiet and comforts even of
lodgings are not to be expected. The first + From the Monthly Review.-No LII. movement to be made, therefore, is to search VOL, III.