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a monument of his friendship with the gentleman to whom they are addressed.
When Mr. Forster's translation of Baron Riedesel's book first appeared, these Letters were already in the press, and the Author apprehended an anticipation of his subject; however, on perusal he had the satisfaction to find, that the two works did not much interfere.
· In transcribing them for the press, he found it necessary both to retrench and to amplify; by which the ease of the epistolary style has probably suffered, and some of the letters have been extended much beyond their original length.
He now presents them to the Public with the greatest diffidence; hoping that some allowance will be made for the very inconvenient circumstances, little favourable to order or precifion, in which many of them were written: But he would not venture to newmodel them; apprehending, that what they might gain in form and expreffion, they would probably lose in ease and fimplicity; and well knowing that the original impressions are better described at the moment they are felt, than from the most exact recollection.
CO N T E N T S
FIRST VOLUME. .
LETTER III. p. 53. Harbour of Messina.--Charybdis.-Galleys.- Visit to a convent.--Feast of St. Francis.
-Advantages of Messina for valetudinarians.
LETTER IV. p. 73. Sicilian banditti.-A famous diver.-Charybdis. — Feast of the Vara. — Singular phenomenon.
LETTER V. p. 99. Journey to Taurominum.—Coast of Sicily.
Nebrodes. — Theatre of Taurominum.-
LETTER VI. p. III. Journey to Faci- Mount Ætna-Piedmonte : --Small volcanos. — Torrent of boiling water. -Great Chesnut trees.-- Age of the lava.-River of Acis.