Monday, 29 December 2008

London Ruminations Part 2


As promised, more London Ruminations from the extensive library over at Walks Towers, selected by David (see also yesterday’s post):

‘A place where men and manners may be seen to the greatest advantage, [in particular] the variety of perfect and curious characters [and] the immense crowd and hurry and bustle of business…the great number of public places of entertainment, the noble churches [see illustration, left] and the superb buildings…[the] satisfaction of pursuing whatever plan is most agreeable, without being known or looked at.’
(James Boswell 1762)

‘If the world must consist of so many fools as it does, I choose to take them in the gross, and not made into separate pills, as they prepared in the country.’ (Horace Walpole 1743’

And finally, this:

‘Lots o’ houses and I found some pretty good pasture, only it were a bit scattered.’
(Sir Tatton Sykes’s bailiff, reporting on his trip to London from the Yorkshire Wolds, early 19th century.)

For the record, with the exception of Horace Walpole, this rum lot were all outsiders. Dr. J. (yesterday’s post, scroll down) was from Lichfield, Emerson (also yesterday) and James were Americans, Boswell was a Scot, and Sir Tatton’s man was, as you know, from the Texas of England!

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