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36r (SM volume 39)


36r (SM volume 39)


(pencil) ½ Mile from Apolla met with two Altars in a rough / Wall, D.M. MATISTUS &c the Inscription / is in rude letters & great part illegible - / - within a mile of Apolla, all the materials are / carried in baskets by Boys & young men under the direc / tion of an Inspector - & the side road made of the finest / soil from the adjacent land - this doubly bad robs / the land of the soil forms the road of perishable mate / rials / - / At the new Bridge - the Instruments with which / they brake the Stones are round - they pay the / men, 16 Grains per day - & find their tools / The Boys who carry the Earth in Baskets receive / 10 Grains per day - (grain = grano, a tiny coin of small value) / Near the Bridge the Road is supported by / a wall 7 or 8 feet high without a Parapet & / in the times of snow must be very dangerous / - / In building the Bishop of Derry's demesne / wall in the winter, they laid the Stone dry / & when the frost broke grouted it with hot lime



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