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161r (SM volume 162)


161r (SM volume 162)


Bologna. 27 miles from P.[ietra] Mala. / Sunday Afternoon. April 30 / took my favourite walk to San Michele in / Bosco, being a festa (feast day) all the women out in / their Venetian dresses, sitting at the foot / of the Hill on Benches & on the bank / add to this the beautiful situation / wrote to Miss S. at Florence. / lay at Bologna, & / Monday May 1st came to Ferrara ab.35m. / the first part of the Road wonderfully fine, well / cultivated & enclosed fields in the great / plain, Corn & Wine - the other part miserato / having left Ferrara about 5 miles came / to the Po crossed it in a boat - wide as the / Thames lay at a miserable hole abt 3 miles



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