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29v (SM volume 39)


29v (SM volume 39)


(pen over pencil) 1779 / Feb. 13 Left Naples with Sir Geo. Strickland (1728-1808, see J.Inagmells, Dictionary of British and Irish travellers in Italy, 1701-1800, 1997) / & Mr Freeman, (Strickland Freeman, 1753-1821, nephew to Sir George Strickland, see J.Inagmells, op.cit. 1997) & came that night / to Salerno - exceeding good Inn / 14 / & / 15 (February) / Went to Paestum, measd the three / Temples - the Walls of the Town / have great remains about four miles / in circuit; within the walls the / ground is cover'd with Ruins, you / clearly distinguish an Amphitheatre / a Theatre ^with part of the Seats remaining & adjoining it are great / quantities of fluted Columns in / pieces, Capitals of a composed / Order, divers pieces of Doric Entab: / &c - 2 of the gates of the Town / are pretty entire, you see the / remains of an Aqueduct which / brot the Water from new / Capacci about 3 Miles distance



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