Voyagers and Voyeurs - Travels in 19th Century France
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Copyright 2009 Nigel Woodhead
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“I believe foreigners have generally been the best scientific travellers. Germany and France probably beat us in journeys undertaken to extend the limits of natural history, or ascertain. doubtful points in the knowledge of physics; but the literature of Britain is richer than that of all other nations put together, in the narratives of those excursions, that have had no other object but to gratify an elastic spirit, anxious to overleap distance, interested in the general concerns of mankind, curious after novelties of habit, and eager to bring its possessors better acquainted with their fellow-creatures. Our book-shelves groan with the travels of persons who have suddenly arisen from almost every class and profession of life, to go their ways into almost every other country, as well as into every parish of their own.” John Scott, 1814