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47v (SM volume 39)


47v (SM volume 39)


(pencil) Saturday March 13. 1779 Left Capua at 7 o'clock / in the Morning at 2 miles distance / discover'd the Mountain of Vesuvius wc / covers the back of Capua forms but one / isolated Mountain, & closes the avenue / made by the Road, on the West & South West / discover the Islands of Ischia, Procita (Procida) / & the Volcanic Hill on wc Naples is built / these ^at ½ past 9 scarce perceptible from / the great local mist which rises nearly / to the summit of Vesuvius ^above Naples & / the Islands & intercepts the view of Capri / wc last night was discernible. - Met / a Caravan of mule wc brot Eggs, Rice & / Grain from Sulmona the distance six days / Journey for Mules, the plain sprinkled w cover'd / with Wheat & sprinkled with Olive Trees



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