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41v (SM volume 39)


41v (SM volume 39)


(pen) Roman foot / at Portici / 117/12 / Italy. / The Carnival at Venice, & the Ascension day / The holy week at Rome / The octave (sic) of the Sacrament at Bologna (processions in celebration of the Decennial of the Eucharist) / In the Campania of Rome the serain an / evening dew is fatal to those that sleep in it during the dog days / Venice. / Lies about 5 miles from the Continent in / the middle of the Lagunes in the Adriatic Sea. / these lagunes are supposed to have been form'd / Marshy grounds which the Sea has encroach'd upon / leaving a great number of little Islands or / spots of Earth above the water, on wc the fishermen / of Padua used to build their huts. But when / the Goths invaded Italy in the 5th Century, / several considerable families of Padua & / Aquileia retired hither to secure themselves from / the violence of the Barbarians - then it was that



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