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35r (SM volume 39)


35r (SM volume 39)


(pencil) This Convent is about 80 Miles from Naples / in the road to Reggio - they have 200,000 / ducats per Annum & give entertainment / to all who demand it for one (or I believe / more) days; they also give bread to the Inhab. of Padula the building is very capacious / the great Cortile, which is surrounded with / Rooms ^an Arcade 17 feet wide & is in the clear Area 450 feet long, & / 306 feet wide ^the axe (axis) with a fountain in the middle - there are many other small / Cortiles; each dines in his own apartmt / (which consists of 2 rooms & a small / Garden) except on feast days, when they / dine together, but are ^enjoin'd silence / they are the largest & finest made / men I ever saw; the Convent is most / delightfully situated in the very center / or heart of the Apennines - / The Library is very ill provided



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