Imatges de pÓgina

the great-dukes. Mr. Addison's opinion of it verified. An epitaph in the cathedral of Parma. A defeet in the catba

dral of Florence. LETTER XV. From Florence, p. 177. Strictures on the gout. The public virtues

and private vices of the princes of Medici. Anecdotes of the murders of cardinal John de Medici and bis brother Garcias. Those murders concealed by all the Italian bistorians. General character of Cosmo I. Ammirato's account of the above transaction. His conscious

knowledge of it discovered. LETTER XVI. From Florence, p. 188. Defeets in the several histories of Florence.

The dangerous excellence of Machiavel. Translation of a speech of Lorenzo de Medici. Character of Machiavel. Ammirato's censure of him. Account of

Varchi, Segni, and Ammirato. LETTER XVII. From Florence, p. 206. I be prudence of Ammirato. The virtuous refftance of Bianca Capello.. The mur


der of her husband. Her marriage to she great-duke Francis. Their shocking catastrophe misrepresented by every print,

ed historian. LETTER XVIII. From Marignolle, p.218. Feest of St. Philip. Refleétions on bif

tory. The revolutions of Europe. The weakness and poverty of Tuscany. A proje&t formed by count Richecourt difappointed. The count's disgust at the English. The Florentines jealous of the Lorrainese. The state-revenue and expences. The advantages which England has over despotic states; over Vee nice, Holland, and Switzerland. Her disadvantages. Wine sold by the Flo

rentine nobility. LETTERXIX. From Marignolle,p. 234: Sketches of the characters of lords Hun

tingdon and Stormont. The Italian rains. Remains of the ancient Fiezole. The modern Tuscans compared with the old Etrurians. Superstition of the present Florentines. Two ruinous monthly "lotteries. Jeremiah the faint in vogue. The Navery of Florence. Comparative bappiness of England.


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LETTER XX. From Marignolle, p. 247.

Profufion of Leopold duke of Lorrain.

Proposal made to him by one of his mi-
nifters. His address to the marchioness of

Her frank confession to her
busband. Their retreat to Milan. The
duke's amour with a country-girl. Her
marriage to the prince de Craon. Their
amiable characters. The prince de Cra-
on supplanted in the regency of Tusca-

ny by count Richecourt.

Additional Notes.

The Genealogy of the House of Medici.

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William DUNCOMBE, Esq.

L E T T E R I.

Lyons, O&tober 2d, 1754.



will read this letter, and in my future letters I shall probably talk to you of roads and hills that are not to be found upon record, unless taken notice of in one of the vast volumes of Atlasses. If you are wearied in the journey, it is your own fault : remember you were positively resolved upon a correspondence with one of the Appennigend. Your son is young, and can undauntedly climb even to the top of Parnassus. Pray take him with you, if you still hold your resolution of following me into Italy.

I had so often beheld the gaieties of Paris, and they had made so small an impression on my heart, that I had no desire to see them again. We therefore immediately struck out of the Paris road, and pafling from Calais through Artois into French Flanders, .we rested ourselves, at Lisle. The town of Life has nothing in it remarkably curious. The great square (La Place) is very handsome and very large ; however, not equal in fize to Lincoln's-Inn-Fields. Their houses are of stone, six or seven fories high, built entirely in the French manner, which, by want of all kind of proportion, by windows filled with small panes of thick, yellow, inuddy glass, by an aukward sort of ornament, like and very unlike a pediment on the top, have a disagreeable appearance to an English eye. The people themselves seem to possess a happy mixture between the excess of


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