A Year's Journey through France and Part of Spain, Volume II (of 2) eBook

Philip Thicknesse
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repose on these pictures but by fixing it on a dead body.  The painter, who was upon the spot, has introduced his own figure, but armed like a serjeant with a halberd.  The pictures are indeed dreadfully fine; one is much larger than the other; and it is said the town Magistrates cut it to fit the place it is in; but it is impossible to believe any body of men could be guilty of such an act of barbarism!  There is still standing in this town, the house of a Roman senator, now inhabited by a shoe-maker.  In the cathedral they have a marble-stone, on which there is engraved, in Arabic characters, a monumental inscription to the following effect: 

         “GOD is alone permanent. 
    This is the Sepulchre of his servant and Martyr,
    who having placed his confidence in the Most
    High, he trusts that his sins will be forgiven.”

JOSEPH, son of ABDALLAH, of the town of Metelin,
died in the moon Zilhage.

I bought here an Egyptian household God, or Lar of solid metal, which was lately dug up near the city walls; it is about nine inches high, and weighs about five pounds.  Several of the hieroglyphic characters are visible on the breast and back, and its form is that of an embalmed mummy.  By a wholesome law of this city, the richest citizen must be buried like the poorest, in a coffin of nine livres value, and that coffin must be bought at the general Hospital.  The sale of these coffins for the dead, goes a great way towards the support of the poor and the sick.

At this town I experienced the very reverse in every respect of what I met with at Barcelona, though I had no better recommendation to Mr. BIRBECK, his Britannick Majesty’s Agent here, than I had to the Consul of Barcelona; he took my word, at first sight, nay, he took my notes and gave me money for them, and shewed me and my family many marks of friendly attention:  Such a man, at such a distance from ones own country, is a cordial to a troubled breast, and an acquisition to every Englishman who goes there either for health or curiosity.  Mr. Birbeck took me with him to a noble Concert, to which he is an annual subscriber, and which was performed in a room in every respect suitable to so large a band, and so brilliant an assembly:  He and his good wife were the only two British faces I had seen for many months, who looked like Britons.  I shall, indeed I must, soon leave this town, and shall take Avignon on my way to Lyons, from whence you shall soon hear from me again.

I had forgot to mention, when I was speaking of Montpellier, that the first gentry are strongly impressed with the notion of the superiority of the English, in every part of philosophy, more especially in the science of physic; and I found at Montpellier, that these sentiments so favourable to our countrymen, had been much increased by the extraordinary knowledge and abilities of Dr. MILMAN, an English physician,

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