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Title: A Journey Made in the Summer of 1794, through Holland and the Western Frontier of Germany, with a Return Down the Rhine - To Which Are Added Observations during a Tour to the Lakes of Lancashire, Westmoreland, and Cumberland
Author: Radcliffe, Ann Ward
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                               A JOURNEY

                      MADE IN THE SUMMER OF 1794,

                        THROUGH HOLLAND AND THE

                     WESTERN FRONTIER OF GERMANY,

                     WITH A RETURN DOWN THE RHINE:

                          TO WHICH ARE ADDED

                     OBSERVATIONS DURING A TOUR TO

                             THE LAKES OF


                            IN TWO VOLUMES.

                                VOL. I.

                            SECOND EDITION.

                           BY ANN RADCLIFFE.


The Author begs leave to observe, in explanation of the use made of
the plural term in the following pages, that, her journey having been
performed in the company of her nearest relative and friend, the
account of it has been written so much from their mutual observation,
that there would be a deception in permitting the book to appear,
without some acknowledgement, which may distinguish it from works
entirely her own. The title page would, therefore, have contained the
joint names of her husband and herself, if this mode of appearing
before the Public, besides being thought by that relative a greater
acknowledgement than was due to his share of the work, had not
seemed liable to the imputation of a design to attract attention
by extraordinary novelty. It is, however, necessary to her own
satisfaction, that some notice should be taken of this assistance. She
may, therefore, be permitted to intrude a few more words, as to this
subject, by saying, that where the œconomical and political conditions
of countries are touched upon in the following work, the remarks are
less her own than elsewhere.

With respect to the book itself, it is, of course, impossible, and
would be degrading if it were not so, to prevent just censure by
apologies; and unjust censure she has no reason, from her experience,
to fear;--but she will venture to defend a practice adopted in the
following pages, that has been sometimes blamed for its apparent
nationality, by writers of the most respectable authority. The
references to England, which frequently occur during the foreign part
of the tour, are made because it has seemed that one of the best modes
of describing to any class of readers what they may not know, is by
comparing it with what they do.

     May 20, 1795.


About twenty hours after our embarkation, at Harwich, and six after our
first sight of the low-spread and barren coast of _Goree_, we reached
this place, which is seated on one of many inlets, that carry the
waters of the German Ocean through the southern part of the province of
Holland. _Goree_, rendered an island by these encroachments of the
sea, is always the first land expected by the seamen; or rather they
look out for the lofty tower of its church, which, though several miles
more distant than the shore, is visible when that cannot be discerned.
The entrance of the water between the land, in a channel probably three
leagues wide, soon after commences; and Helvoetsluys is then presently
seen, with the masts of vessels rising above its low houses, amidst
green embankments and pastures, that there begin to reward the care of
excluding the sea.

The names of Dutch towns are in themselves expressive of the objects
most interesting to a people, who, for opportunities of commerce, have
increased their original and natural dangers, by admitting the water in
some parts, while, for their homes and their lives, they must prevent
it from encroaching upon others. _Dam_, _Sluice_, or _Dyke_ occur in
almost all their compounded titles. The sluice, which gives this
town part of its name, is also its harbour; affording, perhaps, an
outlet to the overflowings of the country behind, but filled at the
entrance to the depth of more than eighty feet by the sea, with which
it communicates.

Upon the banks of this sluice, which are partly artificial, the town
is built in one short street of small houses, inhabited chiefly by
tradesmen and innkeepers. The dockyard bounds the sluice and the town,
communicating with the former by gates, over which a small pivot
bridge connects the two sides of the street. Each head of the pier,
or harbour, has been extended beyond the land, for several yards by
pile work, filled with earth and large stones, over which there is no
pavement, that its condition may be constantly known. We stepped from
the packet upon one of these, and, walking along the beams, that pass
between the immense piles, saw how closely the _interstices_ were
filled, and how the earth and stones were again compacted by a strong
kind of basket-work.

The arrival of a packet is the chief incident known at Helvoetsluys,
and, as ours entered the harbour about noon, and in fine weather,
perhaps, a fourth part of the inhabitants were collected as spectators.
Their appearance did not surprise us with all the novelty, which we
had expected from the first sight of a foreign people. The Dutch
seamen every where retain the national dress; but the other men of
Helvoetsluys differ from Englishmen in their appearance chiefly by
wearing coarser clothes, and by bringing their pipes with them into the
street. Further on, several women were collected about their baskets
of herbs, and their dress had some of the novelty, for which we were
looking; they had hats of the size of a small chinese umbrella, and
almost as gaudily lined within; close, white jackets, with long
flaps; short, coloured petticoats, in the shape of a diving bell;
yellow slippers, without quarters at the heel; and caps, that exactly
fitted the head and concealed the hair, but which were ornamented at
the temples by gold filagree clasps, twirling, like vine tendrils, over
the cheeks of the wearer.

Our inn was kept by English people, but the furniture was entirely
Dutch. Two beds, like cribs in a ship, were let into the wainscot; and
we were told, that, in all the inns on our journey, we should seldom,
or never, be shewn into a room, which had not a bed.

Helvoetsluys, it sufficiently appears, is a very inconsiderable place,
as to its size and inhabitants. But it is not so in naval, or military
estimation. It is distant about ten or twelve miles from the open sea,
yet is nearly secure from attack on this side, because that part of
the approach, which is deep enough for large vessels, is commanded by
batteries on shore. It stands in the middle of an immense bay, large
enough to contain all the navy of Holland, and has a dockyard and
arsenal in the centre of the fortifications. When we passed through
it, six ships of the line and two frigates were lying in the dockyard,
and two ships of the line and three frigates, under the command of an
Admiral, in the bay.

The fortifications, we were assured upon good military authority, were
in such repair, that not a sod was out of its place, and are strong
enough to be defended by five thousand men against an hundred thousand,
for five weeks. The sea water rises to a considerable height in a wide
ditch, which surrounds them. We omitted to copy an inscription, placed
on one of the walls, which told the date of their completion; but this
was probably about the year 1696, when the harbour was perfected.
Though the dockyard can be only one of the dependencies upon that of
Rotterdam, the largest ships of that jurisdiction are preserved here,
on account of the convenient communication between the port and the

Near this place may be observed, what we examined with more leisure
upon our return, the ingenuity, utility and vastness of the
embankments, opposed by the Dutch to the sea. From Helvoetsluys
eastward, for many miles, the land is preserved from the sea only by an
artificial mound of earth, against which the water heavily and often
impetuously strives for admission into the sheltered plains below. The
sea, at high water, is so much above the level of the ground, from
which it is thus boldly separated, that one who stands on the land
side of the embankment hears the water foaming, as if over his head.
Yet the mound itself, which has stood for two centuries, at least,
without repair, though with many renewals of the means, that protect
it, is still unhurt and undiminished, and may yet see generations of
those, whom it defends, rising and passing away, on one side, like the
fluctuations of the tides, which assail and retire from it, on the

It is better, however, to describe than to praise. The mound, which
appears to be throughout of the same height, as to the sea, is
sometimes more and sometimes less raised above the fields; for, where
the natural level of the land assists in resistance to the water, the
Hollanders have, of course, availed themselves of it, to exert the
less of their art and their labour. It is, perhaps, for the most part,
thirty feet above the adjoining land. The width at top is enough to
permit the passage of two carriages, and there is a sort of imperfect
road along it. In its descent, the breadth increases so much, that it
is not very difficult to walk down either side. We could not measure
it, and may therefore be excused for relating how its size may be

On the land side, it is said to be strengthened by stone and timber,
which we did not see, but which may be there, covered by earth
and grass. Towards the sea, somewhat above and considerably below
high-water mark, a strong matting of flags prevents the surge from
carrying away the surface of the mound; and this is the defence which
has so long preserved it. The matting is held to the shore by bandages
of twisted flags, running horizontally, at the distance of three
or four yards from each other, and staked to the ground by strong
wooden pins. As this matting is worn by every tide, a survey of it is
frequently made, and many parts appear to have been just repaired.
Further in the sea, it is held down by stones; above, there are posts
at every forty yards, which are numbered, that the spot may be exactly
described where repairs are necessary. The impost for the maintenance
of these banks amounts to nearly as much as the land-tax; and, as the
land could not be possessed without it, this tax has the valuable
character of being occasioned by no mismanagement, and of producing no


From Helvoetsluys to this place the usual way is by the Brill and
Maesland sluice, with several changes of carriages and boats; but, on
the days of the arrival of mails, a Rotterdam skipper, whose vessel has
been left at a hamlet on the Maese, takes his party in carriages across
the island of Voorn, on which Helvoetsluys stands, to his schuyt, and
from thence by the Maese to Rotterdam. We paid two ducats, or about
seventeen shillings, for the whole, and found this the highest price
given for travelling in Holland. Our carriage was a sort of small coach
of the fashion, exhibited in paintings of the sixteenth century, but
open before, and so ill-furnished with springs, that the Dutch name,
"a covered waggon," was not an improper description of it. A bad road
led us through some meadows of meagre grass, and through fields in
which corn was higher, though thinner, than in England. The prospect
was over an entire level to the horizon, except that the spires of
distant villages, some small clusters of trees, and now and then a
wind-mill, varied it. As we approached any of these clusters, we found
usually a neat farm-house sheltered within, and included, together
with its garden and orchard, in a perfect green fence: the fields
were elsewhere separated from each other and from the road, neither
by hedges or walls, but by deep ditches filled with water, over which
are laid small bridges, that may be opened in the middle by a sort of
trap-door, raised and locked to a post, to prevent the intrusion of

On the way we passed now and then a waggon filled with large brass
jugs, bright as new gold. In these vessels, which have short narrow
necks, covered with a wooden stopper, milk is brought from the field
throughout Holland. It is always carried to the towns in light waggons,
or carts, drawn frequently by horses as sleek and well-conditioned as
those in our best coaches.

The hamlet, at which we were to embark, was busied in celebrating
some holiday. At the only cottage, that had a sign, we applied for
refreshment, partly for the purpose of seeing its inside, by which
we were not a little gratified. Thirty or forty peasants were seated
upon benches, about a circle, in which children were dancing to the
scraping of a French fiddler. The women wore their large hats, set
up in the air like a spread fan, and lined with damask, or flowered
linen. Children of seven years old, as well as women of seventy, were
in this preposterous disguise. All had necklaces, ear-rings, and
ornamental clasps for the temples, of solid gold: some wore large black
patches of the size of a shilling. The old woman of the house had a
valuable necklace and head-dress. Among the group were many of Teniers'
beauties; and over the countenances of the whole assemblage was an air
of modesty, decorum, and tranquillity. The children left their dancing,
to see us; and we had almost lost our tide to Rotterdam, by staying to
see them.

Our sail up the Maese was very delightful. The river flows here with
great dignity, and is animated with vessels of all countries passing
to and from Rotterdam. The huge Archangelman, the lighter American,
the smart, swift Englishman, and the bulky Dutchman, exhibit a various
scene of shipping, upon a noble surface of water, winding between
green pastures and rich villages, spread along the low shores, where
pointed roofs, trees, and masts of fishing-boats, are seen mingled
in striking confusion. Small trading schuyts, as stout and as round
as their masters, glided by us, with crews reposing under their deep
orange sails, and frequently exchanging some salute with our captain.
On our left, we passed the little town of Flaarding, celebrated for
its share of the herring-fishery on our coasts; and Schiedam, a larger
port, where what is called the Rotterdam geneva is made, and where
several English vessels were visible in the chief street of the place.
After a sail of two hours we distinguished Rotterdam, surrounded by
more wood than had yet appeared, and overtopped by the heavy round
tower of the great church of St. Lawrence. The flatness of its
situation did not allow us here to judge of its extent; but we soon
perceived the grandeur of an ample city, extending along the north
shore of the Maese, that, now spreading into a noble bay, along the
margin of which Rotterdam rises, sweeps towards the south-east.

The part of the city first seen, from the river, is said to be among
the finest in Europe for magnificence and convenience of situation. It
is called the _Boom Quay_, _i. e._ the quay with trees, having rows of
lofty elms upon the broad terrace, that supports many noble houses, but
which is called a quay, because ships of considerable burthen may moor
against it, and deliver their cargoes. The merchants accordingly, who
have residences here, have their warehouses adjoining their houses,
and frequently build them in the form of domestic offices. The quay is
said to be a mile in length, but appears to be somewhat less. There
are houses upon it, as handsome as any in the squares of London.

At the top of the _Boom Quay_ is one of the _Heads_, or entrances by
water into the city, through which the greater part of its numerous
canals receive their supplies. On the approach to it, the view further
up the Maese detains attention to the bank of this noble river. A vast
building, erected for the Admiralty, is made, by a bend of the Maese,
almost to face you; and the interval, of more than a quarter of a
mile, is filled by a line of houses, that open directly, and without
a terrace, upon the water. The fronts of these are in another street;
but they all exhibit, even on this side, what is the distinction of
Dutch houses and towns, a nicety and a perfectness of preservation,
which give them an air of gaiety without, and present you with an
idea of comfort within. What in England would be thought a symptom of
extraordinary wealth, or extravagance, is here universal. The outside
of every house, however old or humble, is as clean as water and
paint can make it. The window-shutters are usually coloured green; and
whatever wood appears, whether in cornices or worse ornaments, is so
frequently cleaned, as well as painted, that it has always the gloss
of newness. Grotesque ornaments are sometimes by these means rendered
conspicuous; and a street acquires the air of a town in a toyshop; but
in general there is not in this respect such a want of taste as can
much diminish the value of their care.

Our skipper reached his birth, which is constantly in the same place,
soon after passing the _Head_, and entering by a canal into one of
the principal streets of the city. Between the broad terraces of this
street, which are edged with thick elms, the innumerable masts of Dutch
schuyts, with gay pendants and gilded tops; the hulls of larger vessels
from all parts of the world; the white drawbridges, covered with
passengers; the boats, continually moving, without noise or apparent
difficulty; all this did somewhat surprise us, who had supposed that
a city so familiarly known, and yet so little mentioned as Rotterdam,
could have nothing so remarkable as its wealth and trade.

In our way from the boat to the inn, other fine canals opened upon us
on each side, and we looked at them till we had lost the man, whom we
should have followed with our baggage. We had no fear that it would be
stolen, knowing the infrequency of robberies in Holland; and the first
person, of whom we could enquire our way in broken Dutch, acknowledged
his country people by answering in very good English. There are many
hundreds of British residents in this place, and our language and
commerce have greatly the sway here over those of all other foreign
nations. The Dutch inscriptions over warehouses and shops have
frequently English translations underneath them. Of large vessels,
there are nearly as many English as Dutch in the harbour; and, if you
speak to any Dutchman in the street, it is more probable that he can
answer in English than in French. On a Sunday, the English fill two
churches, one of which we attended on our return. It is an oblong brick
building, permitted by the States to be within the jurisdiction of the
Bishop of London, Parliament having given 2500l. towards its completion
in the beginning of the present century. There are also many Protestant
dissenters here, who are said to have their offices of worship
performed with the ability, simplicity, and zeal, which are usually to
be observed in the devotions of that class of Christians.

Rotterdam is the second city for size, and perhaps the first for
beauty, in the United Provinces; yet, when we walked through it the
next day, and expected to find the magnificence of the approach
equalled in its interior, we were compelled to withdraw a little
of the premature admiration, that had begun to extend to the whole
place. The street, where there is most trade and the greatest passage,
the _Hoogstraat_, is little wider, though it is abundantly cleaner,
than a London lane. The Stadthouse is in this street, and is an old
brick building, with a peaked roof, not entirely free from fantastic
ornament. It has been built too early to have the advantages of modern
elegance, and too late for the sanction of ancient dignity. The
market-place has only one wide access; and the communication between
the street, from the principal _Head_, and that in which the Exchange
is placed, is partly through a very narrow, though a short passage.
The Exchange itself is a plain stone building, well designed for its
purpose, and completed about fifty years ago. The happiest circumstance
relating to it is, that the merchants are numerous enough to fill the
colonnades on the four sides of its interior. Commerce, which cannot
now be long discouraged in any part of Europe, because without it the
interest of public debts cannot be paid, is the permanent defender of
freedom and knowledge against military glory and politics.

From the Exchange there is an excellent walk to the market-place, where
the well-known statue of ERASMUS is raised. Being represented in his
doctor's dress, the figure can display little of the artist's skill;
but the countenance has strong lines, and a physiognomist would not
deny them to be expressive of the discernment and shrewdness of the

The market-place is really a large bridge, for a canal passes under it;
but its size, and the easiness of ascent from the sides, prevent this
from being immediately observed. Some of the surrounding houses have
their dates marked upon glazed tiles. They were built during the long
war, that rescued the provinces from the Spanish dominion; a time when
it might be supposed that nothing would have been attended to, except
the business of providing daily food, and the duty of resisting the
enemy; but in which the Dutch enlarged and beautified their cities,
prepared their country to become a medium of commerce, and began nearly
all the measures, which have led to their present extensive prosperity.

Near this place is the great church of St. LAWRENCE, which we
entered, but did not find to be remarkable, except for a magnificent
brass balustrade that crosses it at the upper end. A profusion of
_achievements_, which cover the walls almost to the top, contribute
to its solemnity. In addition to the arms of the deceased, they
contain the dates of their birth and death, and are used instead of
inscriptions, though no names are expressed upon them. Under the pulpit
was an hour-glass, which limits the discourse of the preacher: on
one side a wand, having at the end a velvet bag and a small bell; this
is carried about, during an interval in the service, and every body
puts something into it for the poor. The old beadle, who shewed us
the church, laid his hands upon us with pleasure, when he heard that
we were English, and Protestants. There are three ministers to this
church, with salaries of nearly two hundred pounds sterling each.

We went to our inn through the _Hoogstraat_, which was filled with
people and carriages, but has no raised pavement to separate the
one from the other. In all the towns which we saw, the footpath is
distinguished from the road only by being paved with a sort of light
coloured brick. The Dutch shops are in the shape, which those of London
are described to have had fifty years since, with small high windows,
and blocks between them and the street. Silversmiths expose their
goods in small glass cupboards upon the blocks, and nearly all the
trades make upon them what little shew is customary. Almost every tenth
house displays the inscription _Tabak te koop_, "Tobacco to be sold."
This street, having no canal, is occupied entirely by retail traders.
We bought in it the Antwerp Gazette for two doights, or one farthing;
strawberries, large and well coloured, at a lower price than they
could be had six weeks later in England, but without flavour; and went
into several booksellers' shops, expecting to have found something in
Latin, or French, but could see only Dutch books. In another street a
bookseller had several English volumes, and there are no doubt well
filled shops, but not so numerous as that we could find any.

Over the canals, that flow through almost every street of Rotterdam,
are great numbers of large drawbridges, which contribute much to
the neat and gay appearance of the city; but, when these are raised,
the obstruction to the passage occasions crowds on each side; and,
therefore, in some of the most frequented parts, the bridges are entire
and permanent, except for the breadth of three feet in the centre,
where there is a plank, which opens upon hinges almost as easily as
the lid of a trunk. Through this opening the masts of the small Dutch
schuyts are easily conducted, but ships can pass only where there are
drawbridges. The number of the former is immense; for, throughout the
provinces, every village, if it is near a canal, has several schuyts,
which carry away the superfluous produce of the country, and return
with the manufactures, or stores of the towns. But neither their
number, nor their neatness, is so remarkable as the ease and stillness,
with which they traverse the city; and indeed ease and stillness are
much the characteristics of all the efforts of Dutch industry. The
noise and agitation, usual whenever many persons are employed together
in other countries, are unknown here. Ships are brought to their
moorings, schuyts pass each other in crowded canals, heavy burthens are
raised and cargoes removed, almost without a word, that can be heard at
twenty yards distance.

Another circumstance, rendering Dutch towns freer from noise than
others of equal traffic, is the little use which is made of waggons
and carts, even where some sort of land carriage must be employed.
Heavy commodities are usually carried about the streets on sledges;
and almost the greatest noise is, when the driver of one of these,
after having delivered his load, meaning to render himself a prodigy of
frolicsomeness, stands upon the hinder edges of his sledge, and then,
preventing himself from falling backward by his hold of the reins, is
drawn rapidly through the admiring crowd.

We were long enough at Rotterdam, during three visits, to see how well
it is provided with avenues towards the country and along the banks of
the Maese. To one of these the way is over the two _Heads_, or chief
canals, each of which you cross for a doight, or half a farthing, in
boats that are continually passing between the two sides. This little
voyage saves a walk of about three hundred yards to the nearest bridge.
The boats will hold twenty or thirty persons, and the profit of them is
very considerable to the City government, which applies the money to
public purposes. Each boat is worked by one man, who pulls it over by a
rope in about two minutes.

Many of the inhabitants have what they call garden-houses upon these
walks, and upon a semi-circular road, which passes on the land side
of the city; but the most wealthy have seats at greater distances,
where they can be surrounded with grounds, and make the display of
independent residences.

Upon the whole, Rotterdam has from its situation many conveniences and
delights, and from its structure some magnificence, together with a
general neatness; but is, for the most part, deficient in elegance,
and its beauties have too much the air of prettinesses. The canals are
indisputably fine, crowned with lofty terraces, and deep enough to
carry large vessels into the centre of the city.


Between Rotterdam and this place we commenced our travelling in
trechtschuyts, which are too well known to need description. The fare
is at the rate of about a penny per mile, and a trifle more hires the
_roof_, which is a small separate chamber, nearest to the stern of the
vessel, lighted by windows on each side. In engaging this, you have an
instance of the accuracy of the Dutch in their minutest transactions; a
formal printed receipt, or ticket, is given for the few pence which it
costs, by a commissary, who has no other business than to regulate the
affairs of the trechtschuyts at his gate of the city. We could never
learn what proportion of the fare is paid as a tax to the State, but
it is said to be a considerable part; and not only these schuyts, but
the ferries, the post waggons, and the pilotage throughout the United
States, are made contributory to the public funds.

The punctuality of the departure and arrival of the trechtschuyts is
well known, and justifies the Dutch method of reckoning distances,
which is by hours, and not by leagues or miles. The canals being
generally full to the brim, the top of the vessel is above the level
of the adjoining country, and the view over it is of course extensive;
but the houses and gardens, which are best worth seeing, are almost
always upon the banks of the canal. We passed several such in the way
to Delft, towards which the Rotterdam merchants have their favourite
seats; but Dutch gardens are rather to be noticed by an Englishman as
curiosities, than as luxuries. It is not only by the known ill taste
of their ornaments, but by the effects of climate and the soil, that
gardens are deprived of value, in a country, where the moisture is so
disproportioned to the heat, that the verdure, though bright, has no
fragrance, and the fruit, at its utmost size, scarcely any flavour.

A passage of two hours brought us to Delft, which we had expected to
find a small and ill-inhabited place, knowing it to be not now occupied
by any considerable trade. Our inn, we supposed, must be within a few
minutes walk. We proceeded, however, through one street for half a
mile, and, after some turnings, did not reach our inn, though we were
led by the nearest way, in less than twenty minutes. During all this
time we were upon the terraces of clear canals, amongst excellent
houses, with a small intermixture of shops and some public buildings.
The mingled admiration and weariness, which we felt here, for the first
time, have been, however, often repeated; for if there is a necessity
for saying what is the next distinction of Dutch towns, after their
neatness, their size must be insisted upon. There are Dutch villages,
scarcely marked in a map, which exceed in size some of the county
towns in England. _Maesland Sluice_, a place opposite to the Brill,
is one. And here is Delft, a place with scarcely any other trade than
consists in the circulation of commodities from Rotterdam through some
neighbouring villages; which is not the seat of any considerable part
of the national government, and is inferior, in point of situation, to
all the surrounding towns. Delft, thus undistinguished, fills a large
circumference, with streets so intricately thick, that we never went
from our inn without losing our way.

The _Doolen_, one of the best inns in Holland, is a large building of
the sixteenth century, raised by the Spaniards, and first intended
to be a convent; but, having been used by the burghers of Delft for
public purposes, during the struggle of the Province against Spain,
it is now venerable as the scene of their councils and preparations.
In the suite of large apartments, which were used by them, some of the
city business is still transacted, and in these strangers are never
entertained. Behind, is a bowling-green, in which the burghers to this
day perform their military exercises; they were so employed when we
came in; and it was pleasing to consider, that their inferiority to
their ancestors, in point of martial appearance, was the result of the
long internal peace secured by the exertions of the latter.

Over two arches of the building is the date of its erection, 1565,
the year in which the destruction of all families, professing the
Protestant religion either in France or Spain, is supposed to have been
agreed upon at Bayonne between the sovereigns of the two countries,
and one year preceding the first measures of confederate resistance
in the Low Countries, which that and other efforts of persecution
produced. One of these arches communicates with the rooms so long used
by the burghers; and our hostess, an intelligent woman, accompanied
us through them. The first is ornamented with three large pictures,
representing several of the early burghers of the Commonwealth, either
in arms or council. A portrait of BARNEVELDT is marked with the date
and the painter's name, "MICHAEL MIEREVELD _delineavit ac perfunctoriè
pinxit, 1617_," one year before the flagitious arrest of BARNEVELDT, in
defiance of the constitution of the provinces, by MAURICE of ORANGE. A
piece, exhibiting some of the burghers in arms, men of an handsome and
heroic appearance, is also dated, by having 1648 painted on a drum;
that, which shews them in council, has a portrait of GROTIUS, painted
when he was seventeen. His face is the seventh from the right hand in
the second row.

Beyond this room are others containing several score of small
cupboards, on the doors of each of which are two or three blazonries
of arms. Here are deposited some parts of the dress and arms of an
association of Arquesbusiers, usual in all the Dutch towns; the members
of which society assemble annually in October, to shoot at a target
placed in a pavilion of the old convent garden. The marksman takes his
aim from the farthest room; and between him and the mark are two walls,
perforated two feet and a half in length, and eight inches in breadth,
to permit the passage of the shot. A man stands in the pavilion, to
tell where the ball has struck; and every marksman, before he shoots,
rings a bell, to warn this person out of the way. He that first hits
a white spot in the target, has his liquor, for the ensuing year,
free of excise duty; but, to render this more difficult, a stork is
suspended by the legs from a string, which, passing down the whole
length of the target, is kept in continual motion by the agitation of
the bird. It did not appear whether the stork has any other share in
this ancient ceremony, which is represented in prints of considerable
date. It is held near the ground, out of the way of the shot, and is
certainly not intended to be hurt, for the Dutch have no taste for
cruelty in their amusements. The stork, it is also known, is esteemed
by them a sort of tutelary bird; as it once was in Rome, where ASELLUS
SEMPRONIUS RUFUS, who first had them served at an entertainment, is
said to have lost the Prætorship for his sacrilegious gluttony. In
these trivial enquiries we passed our first evening at Delft.

Early the next morning, a battalion of regular troops was reviewed upon
a small plain within the walls of the town. The uniform is blue and
red, in which the Dutch officers have not quite the smart appearance
of ours. One of these, who gave the word to a company, was a boy,
certainly not more than fifteen, whose shrill voice was ludicrously
heard between the earnest shouts of the others. The firing was very
exact, which is all that we can tell of the qualities of a review.

Delft was a place of early importance in the United Provinces, being
one of the six original cities, that sent Deputies to the States of
the province; a privilege, which, at the instance of their glorious
WILLIAM the First of ORANGE, was afterwards properly extended to twelve
others, including Rotterdam and the Brill. Yet it is little celebrated
for military events, being unfortified, and having probably always
obeyed the fortune of the neighbouring places. The circumstance which
gives it a melancholy place in history, is the murder of the wife and
beneficent Prince who founded the republic. His palace, a plain brick
building, is still in good repair, where strangers are always shewn the
staircase on which he fell, and the holes made in the wall by the shot
that killed him. The old man, who keeps the house, told the story with
as much agitation and interest as if it had happened yesterday. "The
Prince and Princess came out of that chamber--there stood the Prince,
here stood the murderer; when the Prince stepped here to speak to him
about the passport, the villain fired, and the Prince fell all along
here and died. Yes, so it was--there are the holes the balls made."
Over one of these, which is large enough to admit two fingers, is this

"_Hier onder staen de Teykenen der Kooglen daar meede Prins Willem van
Orange is doorschootten op_ 10 July, A. 1584."

To this detestable action the assassin acknowledged himself to have
been instigated by the proclamation of Philip the Second, offering a
reward for its perpetration. The Princess, who had the wretchedness to
witness it, had lost her father and her former husband in the massacre
of St. Bartholomew in France, which, though contrived by Catherine
and Charles the Ninth of that country, is believed to have been the
consequence of their interview at Bayonne, with Isabella, the wife of
the same Philip.

The melancholy excited on this spot is continued by passing from it to
the tomb of WILLIAM, in the great church, called the _Nieuwe Kerk_.
There the gloomy pageantry of the black escutcheons, above a choir,
silent, empty and vast, and the withering remains of colours, won by
hands long since gone to their decay, prolong the consideration of the
transientness of human worth and happiness, which can so easily be
destroyed by the command, or the hand of human villainy.

This tomb is thought to be not exceeded by any piece of sepulchral
grandeur in Europe. Standing alone, in a wide choir, it is much more
conspicuous and striking than a monumental fabric raised against a
wall, at the same time that its sides are so varied as to present each
a new spectacle. It was begun in 1609, by order of the States General,
and completed in 1621; the artist, HENDRIK DE KEYZER, receiving 28,000
florins as its price, and 2000 more as a present. The length is 20
feet, the breadth 15, and height 27. A bronze statue of the Prince,
sitting in full armour, with his sword, scarf, and commander's staff,
renders one side the chief; on the other is his effigy in white marble,
lying at full length; and at his feet, in the same marble, the figure
of the dog, which is said to have refused food from the moment of its
master's death. Round the tomb, twenty-two columns of veined or black
Italian marble, of the Doric order, and, with bases and capitals of
white marble, support a roof or canopy, ornamented with many emblems,
and with the _achievements_ of the Prince.

At the corners, are the statues of Religion, Liberty, Justice, and
Fortitude, of which the first rests upon a piece of black marble, on
which is inscribed in golden letters the name of CHRIST; and the second
holds a cap, with the inscription _Aurea Libertas_. On the four sides
of the canopy are the devices of the Prince, with the inscriptions
JEHOVAH.--_Je maintiendrai Piété et Justice._--_Te Vindice, tuta
Libertas._--And, _Sævis tranquillus in Undis_.

There are many other ornaments, which give dignity or elegance to the
structure, but cannot be described without tediousness. The well-known
Epitaph is certainly worth transcribing:

D. O. M. et eternæ memoriæ Gulielmi Nassoviæ, supremi Auransionensium
Principis, Patr. patriæ, qui Belgii fortunis suas posthabuit et
suorum; validissimos exercitus ære plurimum privato bis conscripsit,
bis induxit; ordinum auspiciis Hispaniæ tyrannidem propulit; veræ
religionis cultum, avitas patriæ leges revocavit, restituit; ipsam
denique libertatem tantum non assertam, Mauritio Principi, paternæ
virtutis hæredi filio, stabiliendam reliquit. Herois vere pii,
prudentis, invicti, quem Philip. II. Hisp. R. Europæ timor, timuit;
non domuit, non terruit; sed empto percussore fraude nefanda sustulit;
Fœderat. Belgii provinc. perenni memor. monum. fec.

"To GOD the best and highest, and to the eternal memory of William of
Nassau, Sovereign Prince of Orange, the father of his country, whose
welfare he preferred to that of himself and his family; who, chiefly
at his own expence, twice levied and introduced a powerful army; under
the sanction of the States repelled the tyranny of Spain; recovered
and restored the service of true religion and the ancient laws of the
country; and finally left the liberty, which he had himself asserted,
to be established by his son, Prince Maurice, the heir of his father's
virtues. The Confederated Belgic Provinces have erected this monument,
in perpetual memory of this truly pious, prudent and unconquered Hero,
whom Philip II. King of Spain, the dread of Europe, dreaded; never
overcame, never terrified; but, with wicked treachery, carried off by
means of an hired assassin."

The tomb of GROTIUS is in the same church, which is a stately building
of brick and stone, but has nothing of the "dim religious light," that
sooths the mind in Gothic structures. Upon the steeple are many small
bells, the chimes rung upon which are particularly esteemed, both for
tone and tune.

On the opposite side of a very large market-place is the Town-house,
an old building, but so fresh and so fantastic with paint, as to have
some resemblance to a Chinese temple. The body is coloured with a
light, or yellowish brown, and is two stories high to the roof, in
which there are two tier of peaked windows, each under its ornament of
gilded wood, carved into an awkward resemblance of shells. Upon the
front is inscribed, "_Delphensium Curia Reparata_," and immediately
over the door "_Reparata 1761_."

The _Oude Kerk_, or Old Church, is in another part of the town, and is
not remarkable, except for the tombs of LEUWENHOEK, PETER HEINE and
VAN TROMP. That of LEUWENHOEK has a short inscription, in Latin almost
as bad as that of a verse epitaph upon GROTIUS, in the other church.
He was born, it appears, in October 1632, and died in August 1723.
The tombs of HEINE and VAN TROMP are very handsome. There are the
effigies of both in white marble, and one of the victories gained by
the latter is represented in _alto relievo_. On account of the tombs,
both churches are open, during certain hours in the day; and a beadle,
or, perhaps, an almsman, is placed in each, who presents a padlocked
box, into which money may be put for the poor.

In this town is the chief arsenal of the province of Holland, except
that the magazine of powder is at the distance of about a mile from
it, near the canal to Rotterdam. In 1787, when the dissensions between
the STATES GENERAL and the PRINCE of ORANGE were at their height, a
provincial free corps seized this arsenal, and held it for the States
till the return of the PRINCE of ORANGE to the Hague, a few weeks

Having seen what was pointed out to our notice, at Delft, and learned
that its extensiveness was owing to the residence of a great number
of retired merchants from Rotterdam, we left it in a _trechtschuyt_
for the Hague, having little other notion of it in our minds, than
that it is very dull and very rich, and of a size, for which there is
no recompense to a stranger, except in considering, that its dullness
is the rest of those, who have once been busy, and that its riches
are at least not employed in aggravating the miseries of poverty by


A voyage of an hour and a half brought us here over a canal well
bordered by country houses and gardens, all of which, as in other parts
of Holland, have some inscription upon their gates, to say, that they
are pleasant, or are intended for pleasure. _Fine Sight_, _Pleasant
Rest_, _High Delight_, or some similar inscription, is to be seen over
the door of every country house, in gold letters. On our way, we looked
for Ryswick, where the treaty of 1697 was signed, and saw the village,
but not the palace, which, being of free stone, is mentioned as a
sort of curiosity in the country. It is this palace, which is said to
contain proofs of an extraordinary dispute upon questions of ceremony.
The Ambassadors, sent to prepare the treaty, are related to have
contended so long, concerning their rights of precedence, that the only
mode of reconciling them was to make separate entrances, and to allow
the Mediating Minister alone admission by the principal gate.

From the _trechtschuyt_ we had a long walk to our inn, an handsome
house, standing almost in the midst of palaces, and looking over a
noble sheet of water, called the _Vyver_, which extends behind the
_Court_, for its whole length, flowing nearly to the level of the
lower windows. The _Court_ itself, a large brick building, irregular,
but light and pleasant, was entirely within our view, on the left; on
the right, a row of magnificent houses, separated from the _Vyver_ by a
large mall; and, in front, beyond the _Vyver_, a broad place, bordered
by several public buildings. In this Court all the superior colleges
of government have their chambers, and the PRINCE of ORANGE his suite
of apartments. The fossé, which surrounds it, three drawbridges and
as many gates are the only fortifications of the Hague, which has
been several times threatened with the entrance of an enemy, but has
not been taken since 1595, when the magistrates of the then infant
republic, and all the superior inhabitants, retired to _Delft_, leaving
the streets to be overrun with grass, and the place to become a desert
under the eyes of its oppressors. During the invasion of LOUIS the
FOURTEENTH, it escaped the ravages of the DUKE of LUXEMBOURG'S
column, by the sudden dissolution of the ice, on which he had placed
9000 foot and 2000 cavalry. Yet the advice of WILLIAM the THIRD, who
probably thought money better expended in strengthening the frontier
than the interior of the country, counteracted a plan of fortification,
which was then proposed, for the third or fourth time.

The Court consists of two squares; in the inner of which are the
apartments of the STADTHOLDER, and none but himself and his family can
enter this in carriages, or on horseback. On the northern side, in the
first floor, are the apartments of the STATES GENERAL, which we saw.
The principal one is spacious, as a room, but has not the air of a
hall of debate. Twenty-six chairs for the Deputies are placed on two
sides of a long table: the President, whose chair is in the centre, has
on his right hand, first, a Deputy of his own province, then three
Deputies of Friesland, and two of Groningen; on his left, six Deputies
of Holland; opposite to him, nearest to the head of the table, six
Deputies of Guelderland, then three of Zealand, then two of Utrecht,
and two of Overyssel. The STADTHOLDER, who has a place, but not a
vote, has a raised chair at the upper end of the table; the Secretary
is seated opposite to him, and is allowed to wear his hat, like the
Deputies, during their deliberations, but must stand uncovered, behind
the President, when he reads letters, or other papers. The number of
Deputies is known to be indefinite; about fifty are generally returned;
and those, who are present from each province, more than the number
allowed at the table, place themselves below it. The walls of this room
are covered with tapestry, not representing historical events, but
rural scenery; the backs and seats of the chairs are of green velvet;
and all the furniture, though stately and in the best condition, is
without the least approach to show. These apartments, and the whole of
this side of the Court, were the residence of CHARLES the FIFTH, when
he visited the Hague, and of the EARL of LEICESTER, when he commanded
the troops lent to the Republic by ELIZABETH.

The government of the United Provinces is too well known to permit a
detailed description here, but some notice may reasonably be expected
of it.

The chief depositaries of the sovereignty are not the States General,
but the Provincial States, of whose Deputies the former body is
composed, and without whose consent they never vote upon important
measures. In the States General each Province has one vote; which,
with the reasons for it, may be delivered by an unlimited number of
Deputies; and the first Deputy of each province presides in the States
by rotation for a week. In questions relative to peace or war,
alliances, taxes, coinages, and to the privileges of provinces, no
measures can be taken but by unanimous consent; upon other occasions,
a majority is sufficient. No persons holding military offices can
be Deputies to the States General, which appoints and receives all
ambassadors, declares war, makes peace, and names the Greffier, or
Secretary of State, and all Staff Officers.

The Provincial States are variously composed, and the interior
governments of the provinces variously formed. In the province of
Holland, which contains the most prosperous part of the Republic, there
are eighteen Deputies to the Provincial States, for as many towns, and
one for the nobility. The Grand Pensionary presides in this assembly,
and is always one of the Deputies from it to the States General.

The Council of Deputies is composed of ten members: nine from the
towns, and one from the nobility. This Council, in which the Grand
Pensionary also presides, regulates the finances of the province, and
takes cognizance of the distribution of troops within it.

The Council, called the Council of State, is composed, like the States
General, of Deputies returned from the provinces, and appears to be to
that body, in a great measure, what the Council of Deputies is to the
Provincial States, having the direction of the army and the finances.

As provincial affairs are directed by the Provincial States, so the
affairs of each town are governed by its own Senate, which also returns
the members, if the town is entitled to send one, to the States of
the Province, and directs the vote, which that member shall give.
The Burgomasters in each town are the magistrates charged with the
police and the finances, and are usually elected annually by the old
Council, that is, by those who have been Burgomasters, or _Echevins_.
These latter officers have the administration of civil and criminal
affairs, and are, in some places, appointed by the Stadtholder from
a double number nominated to him; in others, are accepted from the
recommendation of the Stadtholder. The Bailiffs preside in the Council
of Burgomasters and Echevins; and in their name prosecutions are

Of the Deputies to the States General, some are for life, and some for
one or more years.

Such is the nicely complicated frame of this government, in which the
Senates of the Towns elect the Provincial States, and the Provincial
States the States General; the latter body being incapable of deciding
in certain cases, except with unanimity and with the express consent
of their constituents, the Provincial States; who again cannot give
that consent, except with unanimity and with the consent of their
constituents, the Senates.

The Stadtholder, it is seen, has not directly, and in consequence of
that office, any share of the legislative power; but, being a Noble
of four provinces, he, of course, participates in that part of the
sovereignty, which the Nobility enjoy when they send Deputies to the
Provincial States. Of Zealand he is the only Noble, all the other
titled families having been destroyed in the original contest with
Spain; and there are no renewals or creations of titles in the United
Provinces. In Guelderland, Holland, and Utrecht, he is President of
the Nobles. He is Commander of all the Forces of the Republic by sea
and land; and the Council of State, of which he is a member, is, in
military affairs, almost entirely under his direction; he names all
subaltern officers, and recommends those for higher appointments to
the States General. In Guelderland, Utrecht, and Overyssel, which
are called _Provinces aux Reglemens_, because, having submitted to
LOUIS the FOURTEENTH, in 1672, they were not re-admitted to the Union,
but with some sacrifice of their privileges, he appoints to offices,
without the nomination of the cities; he is Governor General of the
East and West Indian Companies, and names all the Directors from a
treble number of candidates offered by the Proprietors. His name
presides in all the courts of law; and his heart, it may be hoped,
dictates in the noble right of pardoning.

This is the essential form of a government, which, for two centuries,
has protected as great a share of civil and religious liberty as has
been enjoyed in any other part of Europe, resisting equally the chances
of dissolution, contained within itself; and the less dangerous schemes
for its destruction, dictated by the jealousy of arbitrary interests

Its intricacy and delicacy are easily seen; yet, of the objections made
to it on this account, more are founded on some maxims, assumed to be
universal, than upon the separate considerations due to the condition
of a separate people. How much the means of political happiness depend,
for their effect, upon the civil characters of those for whom they are
designed, has been very little seen, or insisted upon. It has been
unnoticed, because such enquiries have not the brilliancy, or the
facility, of general speculations, nor can command equal attention,
nor equally reward systems with those parts of their importance, that
consist in the immensity of the sphere, to which they pretend. To
extend their arms is the flagitious ambition of warriors; to enlarge
their systems is the ambition of writers, especially of political
writers. A juster effort of understanding would aim at rendering the
application of principles more exact, rather than more extensive, and
would produce enquiries into the circumstances of national character
and condition, that should regulate that application. A more modest
estimate of human means of doing good would shew the gradations,
through which all human advances must be made. A more severe integrity
of views would stipulate, that the means should be as honest as the
end, and would strive to ascertain, from the moral and intellectual
character of a people, the degree of political happiness, of which
they are capable; a process, without which projected advances become
obstructions; and the philosopher begins his experiment, for the
amelioration of society, as prematurely as the sculptor would polish
his statue before he had delineated the features.

Whether the constitution of the United Provinces is exactly as good
an one as the people are capable of enjoying, can be determined only
after a much longer and abler enquiry than we could make; but it seemed
proper to observe, that, in judging this question, it is not enough to
discover better forms of government, without finding also some reason
to believe, that the intellectual and moral condition of the people
would secure the existence of those better forms. In the mean time,
they, who make the enquiry, may be assured, that, under the present[1]
government, there is a considerable degree of political liberty, though
political happiness is not permitted by the present circumstances of
Europe; that the general adoption of the Stadtholder's measures by
the States has been unduly mentioned to shew an immoderate influence,
for that, in point of fact, his measures are often rejected; that
this rejection produces no public agitation, nor can those, who
differ from him in opinion, be successfully represented as enemies to
their country; that there are very few offices, which enable private
persons to become rich, at the expence of the public, so as to have a
different interest from them; that the sober industry and plain manners
of the people prevent them from looking to political conduct of any
sort as a means of improving their fortunes; that, for these reasons,
the intricate connections between the parts of their government are
less inconvenient than may be supposed, since good measures will not
be obstructed, or bad ones supported, for corrupt purposes, though
misconceptions may sometimes produce nearly the same effect; that
conversation is perfectly free; and that the habit of watching the
strength of parties, for the purpose of joining the strongest and
persecuting the weakest, does not occupy the minds of any numerous
classes amongst them.

[1] June 1794.

We saw no other apartments than those of the States General, the
PRINCE of ORANGE being then in his own. The Princess was at a seat
in Guelderland, with her daughter-in-law, the wife of the Hereditary
Prince, who had been indisposed since the surprise of the Dutch troops
at Menin, on the 12th of September 1793, in which affair her husband
was engaged. When the officer, who brought the first accounts, which
were not written, to the Hague, had related that the younger prince
was wounded, the Hereditary Princess enquired, with great eagerness,
concerning his brother. The officer indiscreetly replied, that he knew
nothing of him; which the Princess supposed to imply, that he was dead;
and she has since been somewhat an invalid.

Though the salaries enjoyed by the Prince of Orange, in consequence
of his offices, are by no means considerable, he is enabled, by
his patrimonial estates, to maintain some modest splendour. The
Court is composed of a grand master, a marshal, a grand equerry, ten
chamberlains, five ladies of honour, and six gentlemen of the chamber.
Ten young men, with the title of pages, are educated at the expence of
the Prince, in a house adjoining his _manege_. As Captain-General, he
is allowed eight adjutants, and, as Admiral, three.

We could not learn the amount of the income enjoyed by the PRINCE of
ORANGE, which must, indeed, be very variable, arising chiefly from
his own estates. The greater part of these are in the province of
Zealand, where seventeen villages and part of the town of Breda are his
property. The fortifications of several places there are said to have
been chiefly erected at the expence of the Orange family. His farms in
that neighbourhood suffered greatly in the campaign of 1792, and this
part of his income has since been much diminished. The management of
his revenues, derived from possessions in Germany, affords employment
to four or five persons, at an Office, separate from his ordinary
Treasury; and he had estates in the Low Countries. All this is but
the wreck of a fortune, honourably diminished by William the First
of Orange, in the contest with Spain; the remembrance of whom may,
perhaps, involuntarily influence one's opinion of his successors.

During May, the western gate of the palace is ornamented, according to
ancient custom, with garlands for each person of the Orange family.
Chaplets, with the initials of each, in flowers, are placed under large
coronets, upon green flag-staffs. We passed by when they were taking
these down, and perceived that all the ornaments could scarcely have
cost five shillings. So humble are the Dutch notions of pageantry.

Among the offices included within the walls of the court is a
printing-house, in which the STATES GENERAL and the States of Holland
employ only persons sworn to secrecy as to the papers committed to
them. It may seem strange to require secrecy from those, whose art is
chiefly useful in conferring publicity; but the truth is, that many
papers are printed here, which are never communicated to the public,
the States employing the press for the sake of its cheapness, and
considering that any of their members, who would shew a printed paper,
would do the same with a written one.

In a large square, near the court, is the cabinet of natural history,
of which we have not the knowledge necessary for giving a description.
It is arranged in small rooms, which are opened, at twelve o'clock,
to those, who have applied the day before. One article, said to be
very rare, and certainly very beautiful, was an animal of the Deer
species, about fourteen inches high, exquisitely shaped and marked, and
believed to be at its full growth. It was brought from the coast of

The Stadtholder's library was accidentally shut, owing to the illness
of the librarian. The picture gallery was open, but of paintings we
have resolved to exempt our readers from any mention. The former is
said to contain eight thousand volumes, and fourteen thousand prints
in portfolios. Among the illuminated MSS. in vellum is one, used by
the sanguinary Catherine De Medicis and her children; and another,
which belonged to Isabella of Castille, the grandmother of Charles
the Fifth. What must be oddly placed in a library is a suit of armour
of Francis the First, which was once in the cabinet of Christina of
Sweden. Though this collection is the private property of the Prince,
the librarian is permitted to lend books to persons, known to him and
likely to use them advantageously for science.

We passed a long morning in walking through the streets of this place,
which contain probably more magnificent houses than can be found in
the same space in any city of Northern Europe. The Grand _Voorbout_
is rather, indeed, two series of palaces than a street. Between two
broad carriage-ways, which pass immediately along the sides, are
several alleys of tall lime trees, canopying walks, first laid out by
Charles the Fifth, in 1536, and ordered to be carefully preserved,
the _placard_ being still extant, which directs the punishment of
offenders against them. It would be tedious to mention the many
splendid buildings in this and the neighbouring streets. Among the most
conspicuous is the present residence of the British Ambassadors, built
by HUGUETAN, the celebrated banker of LOUIS the FOURTEENTH, and that of
the Russian Minister, which was erected by the Pensionary BARNEVELDT.
But the building, which was intended to exceed all others at the
Hague, is the Hotel of the Prince of NASSAU WEILBOURG; who, having
married the sister of the PRINCE of ORANGE, bought, at an immense
expence, eight good houses, facing the _Voorbout_, in order to erect
upon their scite a magnificent palace. What has been already built of
this is extremely fine, in the crescent form; but a German, arriving
to the expenditure of a Dutch fortune, probably did not estimate it
by Dutch prices. It was begun eighteen years since, and, for the last
twelve, has not proceeded.

Superb public buildings occur at almost every step through the Hague.
At one end of the terrace, on which we were lodged, is the _Doelen_,
a spacious mansion, opening partly upon the _Tournois Veld_, or Place
of Tournaments. The burgesses here keep their colours, and, what is
remarkable, still preserve the _insignia_ of the _Toison d'Or_, given
to them by CHARLES the FIFTH. Our WILLIAM the THIRD being admitted,
at ten years of age, to the right of a burgess here, was invested with
this order by the Burgomaster. At the other end of the terrace is the
palace, built for Prince MAURICE of NASSAU, upon his return from the
government of Brazil, by KAMPFEN, Lord of Rambroek, architect of the
Stadthouse at Amsterdam. The interior of this building was destroyed
by fire, in the commencement of the present century; but, the stately
walls of stone and brick being uninjured, the rooms were restored
by the proprietors, assisted by a lottery. It is an instance of the
abundance of buildings here, that this palace is now chiefly used as a
place of meeting, for the œconomical branch of the society of Haerlem,
and for a society, instituted here, for the encouragement of Dutch

The number of public buildings is much increased by the houses, which
the eighteen towns provide for their Deputies, sent to the States of
the Province. These are called the _Logements_ of the several towns;
and there has been a great deal of emulation, as to their magnificence.
Amsterdam and Rotterdam have the finest.

The churches are not remarkable for antiquity, or grandeur. A
congregation of English Protestants have their worship performed, in
the manner of the Dissenters, in a small chapel near the _Vyver_, where
we had the satisfaction to hear their venerable pastor, the Rev. Dr.

The residence of a Court at the Hague renders the appearance of the
inhabitants less national and characteristic than elsewhere. There are
few persons in the streets, who, without their orange cockades, might
not be mistaken for English; but ribbons of this colour are almost
universal, which some wear in their hats, and some upon a button-hole
of the coat. The poorest persons, and there are more poor here than
elsewhere, find something orange-coloured to shew. Children have it
placed upon their caps; so that the practice is carried to an extent
as ridiculous, as the prohibition was in 1785, when the magistrates
ordered, that _nothing orange-coloured should be worn, or shewn, not
even fruits, or flowers, and that carrots should not be exposed to sale
with the ends outwards_.

The distinctions between political classes are very strongly marked and
preserved in Holland. We were informed, that there are some villages,
in which the wearing of a cockade, and others, in which the want of
one, would expose a passenger, especially a native, to insults. In the
cities, where those of both parties must transact business together,
the distinction is not much observed. In Amsterdam, the friends of
the Stadtholder do not wear cockades. For the most part, the seamen,
farmers and labouring classes in the towns are attached to the Orange
family, whose opponents are chiefly composed of the opulent merchants
and tradesmen.

A history, or even a description of the two parties, if we were enabled
to give it, would occupy too much space here; but it may be shortly
mentioned, that the original, or chief cause of the dissension was,
as might be expected, entirely of a commercial nature. The English
interest had an unanimous popularity in Holland, about the year 1750.
In the war of 1756, the French, having sustained a great loss of
shipping, employed Dutch vessels to bring the produce of their American
islands to Europe, and thus established a considerable connection with
the merchants of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The Court of Versailles took
care, that the stream of French wealth, which they saw setting into the
United Provinces, should carry with it some French politics; while the
wealth itself effected more than all their contrivance, and gradually
produced a kindness for France, especially in the province of Holland,
through which it chiefly circulated. The English Ministers took all
Dutch ships, having French property on board; and the popularity of
England was for a time destroyed. Several maritime towns, probably
with some instigation from France, demanded a war against England.
The friends of the Stadtholder prevented this; and from that time the
Prince began to share whatever unpopularity the measures of the English
Ministers, or the industry of the English traders, could excite in a
rival and a commercial country.

The capture of the French West India islands soon after removed the
cause of the dispute; but the effects of it survived in the jealousy
of the great cities towards the Stadtholder, and were much aggravated
by the losses of their merchants, at the commencement of hostilities
between England and the United Provinces, in 1780. The Dutch fleet
being then unprepared to sail, and every thing, which could float,
having been sent out of the harbours of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to
intercept their trading ships, the fortunes of many of the most opulent
houses in Holland were severely shook, and all their members became the
enemies of the Stadtholder.

If to these circumstances it is added, that the province of Holland,
which pays fifty-eight parts of every hundred, levied by taxes, has an
ambition for acquiring greater influence in the general government,
than is bestowed by its single vote, we have probably all the original
causes of the party distinctions in Holland, though others may have
been incorporated with others, during a long series of events and many
violent struggles of the passions.

The Stadtholder, who has had the misfortune to attract so much
attention by his difficulties, is said to be a man of plain manners
and sound understanding, neither capable of political intrigue, nor
inclined to it. His office requires, especially during a war, a great
deal of substantial, personal labour, to which he devotes himself
earnestly and continually, but which he has not the vigour to bear,
without an evident oppression of spirits. We saw him at a parade of the
Guards, and it is not necessary to be told of his labours to perceive
how much he is affected by them. It is scarcely possible to conceive
a countenance more expressive of a mind, always urged, always pressed
upon, and not often receiving the relief of complete confidence in
its efforts. His person is short and extremely corpulent; his air
in conversation modest and mild. This attendance upon the parade is
his chief exercise, or relaxation at the Hague, where he frequently
passes ten of the hours between five in a morning and nine at night in
his cabinet. He comes, accompanied by one or two officers, and his
presence produces no crowd. When we had viewed the parade and returned
home, we saw him walking under our windows towards the _Voorbout_,
accompanied by an officer, but not followed by a single person.

Conversation does not turn so much upon the family of the Stadtholder,
as that we could acquire any distinct opinions of the other parts of
it. Of his humanity and temper, there was sufficient proof, in 1787,
when he returned to the Hague and was master of the persons of those,
who had lately banished him. Indeed, the conduct of both parties, with
respect to the personal safety of their adversaries, was honourable
to the character of the nation. The States of Holland, during the
prevalence of their authority, did not pretend, according to the
injustice of similar cases, to any right of destroying the friends of
the Stadtholder, who were in their hands; the Stadtholder, when he
returned, and when the public detestation of his adversaries was at an
height, which would have permitted any measures against them, demanded
no other retribution, than that seventeen, named in a list, should be
declared incapable of holding offices under the Republic.

One of the best excursions from the Hague is made to the _Maison
du Bois_, a small palace of the Prince of ORANGE, in a wood, which
commences almost at the northern gate of the town. This wood is called
a park, but it is open to the public roads from Leyden, Haerlem and
Amsterdam, which pass through its noble alleys of oak and beech. It
is remarkable for having so much attracted the regard of Philip the
Second, that, in the campaign of 1574, he ordered his officers not to
destroy it; and is probably the only thing, not destined for himself,
of which this ample destroyer of human kind and of his own family
ever directed the preservation. LOUIS the FOURTEENTH, probably having
heard the praises of this care, left the mall of Utrecht to be a
monument of similar tenderness, during an unprovoked invasion, which
cost ten thousand lives.

The apartments of the _Maison du Bois_ are very variously furnished.
The best are fitted up with a light grey sattin, imbossed with Chinese
birds and plants, in silk and feathers of the most beautiful tints; the
window curtains, screens and coverings of the sophas and chairs are the
same, and the frames of the latter are also of Chinese workmanship.
Nothing more delicate and tasteful can be conceived; but, that you may
not be quite distracted with admiration, the carpets are such as an
English merchant would scarcely receive into a parlour. The furniture
of the state bed-chamber is valuable, and has once been splendid; a
light balustrade of curious Japan work, about three feet high, runs
across the room, and divides that part, in which the bed stands, from
the remainder. The Princess's drawing-room, in which card parties
are sometimes held, is well embellished with paintings, and may be
called a superb apartment; but here again there is an instance of the
incompleteness, said to be observable in the furniture of all rooms,
out of England. Of four card tables two are odd ones, and literally
would be despised in a broker's shop in London. The great glory of
the house is the _Salle d'Orange_, an oblong saloon of noble height,
with pannels, painted by nine celebrated painters of the Flemish and
Dutch schools, among whom VAN TULDEN, a pupil of RUBENS, has observed
his manner so much in a workshop of Vulcan and in a figure of Venus
forming a trophy, that they have been usually attributed to his
master. The subjects on the pannels and ceiling are all allegorical,
and complimentary, for the most part, to the Princes of the House
of Orange, especially to FREDERIC HENRY, the son of the first WILLIAM
and the grandson of the Admiral COLIGNY. It was at the expence of his
widow, that the house was built and the saloon thus ornamented.

Almost all the rooms are decorated with family portraits, of which some
have just been contributed by the pencil of the Hereditary Princess. A
large piece represents herself, taking a likeness of the Princess her
mother-in-law, and includes what is said to be an admirable portrait
of her husband. On the six doors of the grand cabinet are six whole
lengths of ladies of the House of Orange, exhibited in allegorical
characters. The doors being covered by the paintings, when that, by
which you have entered, is shut, you cannot tell the way back again.
A portrait of LOUISA DE COLIGNY, the widow of William the First, is
enriched with a painter's pun; she is presented by _Hope_ with a
branch of an _orange_ tree, containing only _one_ orange; from which
the spectator is to learn, that her _son_ was her _only hope_.

The most delightful outlet from the Hague is towards Schevening, a
village on the sea-shore, nearly two miles distant, the road to which
has been often and properly celebrated as a noble monument of tasteful
grandeur. Commencing at the canal, which surrounds the Hague, it
proceeds to the village through a vista so exactly straight, that the
steeple of Schevening, the central object at the end of it, is visible
at the first entrance. Four rows of lofty elms are planted along
the road, of which the two central lines form this perfect and most
picturesque vista; the others shelter paths on each side of it, for
foot passengers.

The village itself, containing two or three hundred houses of fishermen
and peasants, would be a spectacle, for its neatness, any where but
in Holland. There is no square, or street of the most magnificent
houses in London, that can equal it for an universal appearance of
freshness. It is positively bright with cleanliness; though its only
street opens upon the sea, and is the resort of hundreds of fishermen.
We passed a most delightful day at a little inn upon the beach,
sometimes looking into the history of the village, which is very
ancient; then enquiring into its present condition; and then enjoying
the prospect of the ocean, boundless to our view, on one side, and
appearing to be but feebly restrained by a long tract of low white
coast on the other.

The sea beats furiously upon the beach here, which has no doubt been
much raised by art for the defence of the village. There is at least
no other way of accounting for its security, since 1574, between which
year and the latter end of the preceding century, it sustained
six inundations. The first, in 1470, demolished a church; the last
washed away an hundred and twenty houses; notwithstanding which, the
inhabitants built again upon their stormy shore; and their industry,
that, at length, protected them from the sea, enabled them to endure
also the more inveterate ravages of the Spaniards. On this beach lie
occasionally great numbers of herring busses, too stoutly built to
be injured by touching it. We suspect our information to have been
exaggerated; but we heard on the spot, that no less than one hundred
and five belong to this village of little more than two hundred houses,
or are managed by agents in it. About forty were set on float by the
tide in the afternoon, and, being hauled by means of anchors beyond a
very heavy surf, were out of sight, before we left the place.

It was amusing to see the persevering, effectual, but not very active
exertions of the seamen in this business, which could not often be more
difficult than it then was, when a strong wind blew directly upon the
shore. We here first perceived, what we had many other opportunities
of observing, that, notwithstanding the general admiration of Dutch
industry, it is of a nature which would scarcely acquire that name in
England. A Dutchman of the labouring class is, indeed, seldom seen
unemployed; but we never observed one man working hard, according
to the English notion of the term. Perseverance, carefulness, and
steadiness are theirs, beyond any rivalship; the vehemence, force,
activity and impatience of an English sailor, or workman, are unknown
to them. You will never see a Dutchman enduring the fatigue, or
enjoying the rest, of a London porter. Heavy burthens, indeed, they do
not carry. At Amsterdam, where carriages are even somewhat obnoxious,
a cask, holding four or five gallons of liquor, is removed by a horse
and a sledge.

On our way from Schevening, where a dinner costs more than at an hotel
in the Hague, we turned a little to the right to see Portland Gardens,
once the favourite resort of William and Mary; and said to be laid
out in the English taste. They are now a bad specimen even of Dutch
gardens. The situation is unusually low, having on one hand the raised
bank of the Schevening road, and, on another, the sand hills of the
coast. Between these, the moisture of the sea air is held for a long
time, and finally drawn down upon the earth. The artificial ornaments
are stained and decaying; and the grass and weeds of the neglected
plots are capable only of a putrid green. Over walks of a black mould
you are led to the orangery, where there is more decay, and may look
through the windows of the green-house, to perceive how every thing is
declining there. Some pavilions, provided with water spouts, are then
to be seen; and, if you have the patience to wait the conclusion of
an operation, intended to surprise you, you may count how many of the
pipes refuse to perform their office.

Nearer to the Hague, we were stopped to pay a toll of a few doights;
a circumstance which was attended with this proof of civility. Having
passed in the morning, without the demand, we enquired why it should be
made now. The gatherer replied, that he had seen us pass, but, knowing
that we must return by the same way, had avoided giving more trouble
than was necessary. This tax is paid for the support of the bank, or
digue, over which the road passes; a work, begun on the 1st of May
1664, and finished on the 5th of December 1665, by the assistance of a
loan granted for the enterprise. The breadth of the road is thirty-two

The next day, after seeing the relief of the Stadtholder's _garde
du corps_, the privates of which wear feathered hats, with uniforms
of scarlet and gold, we left the Hague, with much admiration of
its pleasantness and quiet grandeur, and took the _roof_ of the
trechtschuyt for Leyden.


Three hours pleasant floating along a canal, adorned with frequent
country houses, gardens, summer-houses and square balconies, or rather
platforms, projecting over the water, within an hand's breadth of
its level, brought us to this city, which was esteemed the second
in Holland, before Rotterdam gained its present extent. Leyden is,
however, so large, that a traveller is likely to have a walk of half
a league to his inn; and those who arrive, as we did, at the time of
the fair, may find the procession not very pleasant. We increased our
difficulties by turning away from the dirt and incivility of what was
called the best inn, and did not afterwards find a better, though such,
it seems, might have been had.

Having, at length, become contented with the worst, we went towards the
fair, of which we had as yet seen only the crowd. The booths, being
disposed under trees and along the borders of canals, made the whole
appearance differ from that of an English fair, though not quite so
much as we had expected. The stock of the shopkeepers makes a greater
distinction. There were several booths filled with silversmiths' and
jewellers' wares, to the amount of, probably, some thousand pounds
each. Large French clocks in _or moulu_ and porcelain were among their
stores. All the trades displayed the most valuable articles, that could
be asked for in similar shops in large cities. We had the pleasure
to see great quantities of English goods, and there were English names
over three, or four of the booths.

The Dutch dresses were now become so familiar to us, that the crowd
seemed as remarkable for the number of other persons in it, as for the
abundance of peasants in their holiday finery, which, it is pleasant to
know, displays the ornamental relics of several generations, fashion
having very little influence in Holland. The fair occupied about a
fourth part of the town, which we soon left to see the remainder. Two
streets, parallel to each other, run through its whole length, and
include the few public halls of an University, which would scarcely
be known to exist, if it had no more conspicuous objects than its
buildings. The Dutch universities contain no endowed foundations; so
that the professors, who have their salaries from the States, live in
private houses, and the students in lodgings. The academical dress is
worn only in the schools, and by the professors. The library, to which
Joseph Scaliger was a benefactor, is open only once in a week, and then
for no more than two hours. It is the constant policy of the Dutch
government, to make strangers leave as much money as possible behind
them; and Leyden was once so greatly the resort of foreigners, that it
was thought important not to let them read for nothing what they must
otherwise be obliged to buy. The University is, of course, declining
much, under this commercial wisdom of the magistrates.

There are students, however, of many nations and religions, no
oaths being imposed, except upon the professors. Physic and botany
especially are said to be cultivated here with much success; and
there is a garden, to which not only individuals, but the East India
Company, industriously contribute foreign plants. The salaries of
the professors, who receive, besides, fees from the students, are
nearly two hundred pounds a-year. The government of the University
is in the Rector, who is chosen out of three persons returned by the
Senate to the States; the Senate consists of the professors; and,
on extraordinary occasions, the Senate and Rector are directed by
Curators, who are the agents for the States.

The chief street in the town is of the crescent form, so that,
with more public buildings, it would be a miniature resemblance of
High-street, Oxford. The town-house is built with many spires, and
with almost Chinese lightness. We did not see the interior of this,
or, indeed, of any other public buildings; for, in the morning, when
curiosity was to be indulged, our fastidiousness as to the inns
returned, and induced us to take a passage for Haerlem. The MSS. of the
Dutch version of the Bible, which are known to be deposited here, could
not have been shewn, being opened only once in three years, when the
Deputies of the Synod and States attend; but we might have seen, in the
town-house, some curious testimonies of the hardships and perseverance
of the inhabitants, during the celebrated blockade of five months, in
1574, in consideration of which the University was founded.

After viewing some well-filled booksellers' shops, and one wide street
of magnificent houses, we again made half the circuit of this extensive
city, in the way to the trechtschuyt for


The canal between Leyden and this place is nearly the pleasantest of
the great number, which connect all the towns of the province with each
other, and render them to the traveller a series of spectacles, almost
as easily visited as the amusements of one large metropolis. Though
this is said to be one of the lowest parts of Holland, the country
does not appear to have suffered more than the rest by water. The many
country seats, which border the canals, are also proofs that it is
thought to be well secured; yet this is the district, which has been
proved, by indisputable observations, to be lower than the neighbouring
sea, even in the profoundest calm. During the voyage, which was of four
hours, we passed under several bridges, and saw numbers of smaller
canals, crossing the country in various directions; but the passage of
a trechtschuyt is not delayed for an instant by a bridge, the tow-rope
being loosened from the boat, on one side, and immediately caught
again, on the other, if it should not be delivered by some person,
purposely stationed on the arch. It is not often that a canal makes
any bend in its course; when it does so, there are small, high posts
at the point, round which the tow-rope is drawn; and, that the cord
may not be destroyed by the friction, the posts support perpendicular
rollers, which are turned by its motion. Such posts and rollers might
be advantageously brought into use in England. On most of the canals
are half-way villages, where passengers may stop, about five minutes,
for refreshment; but they will be left behind, without any ceremony, if
they exceed the limited time, which the boatman employs in exchanging
letters for such of the neighbouring country houses as have not packet
boxes placed on the banks.

Haerlem, like Leyden, is fortified by brick walls, but both seem to be
without the solid earthen works, that constitute the strength of modern
fortresses. A few pieces of cannon are planted near the gate, in order
to command the bridge of a wide _fossé_; and the gate-house itself is a
stout building, deep enough to render the passage underneath somewhat
dark. There is otherwise very little appearance of the strength, that
resisted the Duke of Alva, for twelve months, and exasperated his
desire of vengeance so far, that the murder of the inhabitants, who at
last surrendered to his promises of protection, could alone appease it.

A narrow street leads from the gate to the market-place, where two
pieces of cannon are planted before the guard-house; the first
precaution against internal commotion, which we had seen in the
country. Haerlem had a great share in the disputes of 1787, and is said
to adhere more fully than any other city to the Anti-Stadtholderian
politics of that period.

The market-place is very spacious, and surrounds the great church,
perhaps, the largest sacred building in the province of Holland. The
lofty oak roof is marked with dates of the early part of the sixteenth
century. The organ, sometimes said to be the best in Europe, is of
unusual size, but has more power of sound than sweetness. The pipes
are silvered, and the body carefully painted; for organs are the only
objects in Dutch churches, which are permitted to be shewy. They
are now building, in the great church at Rotterdam, a rival to this
instrument, and need not despair of surpassing it.

A great part of the congregation sit upon chairs in the large aisle,
which does not seem to be thought a much inferior place to the other
parts. During an evening service, at which we were present, this was
nearly filled; and while every person took a separate seat, women
carried _chauffepieds_, or little wooden boxes, with pans of burning
peat in them, to the ladies. This was on the 4th of June. The men enter
the church with their hats on, and some wear them, during the whole
service, with the most disgusting and arrogant hardihood.

We passed a night at Haerlem, which is scarcely worth so long a stay,
though one street, formed upon the banks of a canal, consists of
houses more uniformly grand, than any out of the Hague, and surprises
you with its extensive magnificence at a place, where there is little
other appearance of wealth and none of splendour. But the quietness
of the Great in Holland is daily astonishing to a stranger, who
sometimes passes through rows of palaces, without meeting a carriage,
or a servant. The inhabitants of those palaces have, however, not less
earnest views, than they who are more agitated; the difference between
them is, that the views of the former are only such as their situation
enables them to gratify, without the agitation of the latter. They can
sit still and wait for the conclusion of every year, at which they
are to be richer, or rather are to have much more money, than in the
preceding one. They know, that, every day the silent progress of
interest adds so much to their principal; and they are content to watch
the course of time, for it is time alone that varies their wealth,
the single object of their attention. There can be no motive, but its
truth, for repeating the trite opinion of the influence of avarice
in Holland: we expected, perhaps, with some vanity, to have found an
opportunity for contradicting it; but are able only to add another
testimony of its truth. The infatuation of loving money not as a means,
but as an end, is paramount in the mind of almost every Dutchman,
whatever may be his other dispositions and qualities; the addiction to
it is fervent, inveterate, invincible, and universal from youth to the
feeblest old age.

Haerlem has little trade, its communication with the sea being through
Amsterdam, which latter place has always been able to obstruct the
reasonable scheme of cutting a canal through the four miles of land,
that separate the former from the ocean. Its manufactures of silk
and thread are much less prosperous than formerly. Yet there are no
symptoms of decay, or poverty, and the environs are well covered
with gardens especially on the banks of the _Sparen_, of which one
branch flows through the town and the other passes under the walls.
Some charitable institutions, for the instruction and employment of
children, should be mentioned also, to assuage the general censure of a
too great fondness for money.

The house of LAURANCE COSTER, who is opposed to FAUST, GOTTENBURGH
and SCHEFFER, for the honour of having invented the art of printing,
is near the great church and is still inhabited by a bookseller. An
inscription, not worth copying, asserts him to be the inventor. The
house, which is small and stands in a row with others, must have
received its present brick front in some time subsequent to that of


The voyage between Haerlem and this place is less pleasant, with
respect to the country, than many of the other trips, but more
gratifying to curiosity. For great part of the way, the canal passes
between the lake, called _Haerlemer Maer_, and a large branch of the
_Zuyder Zee_, called the River Y. In one place, the neck of land,
which separates these two waters, is so thin, that a canal cannot be
drawn through it; and, near this, there is a village, where passengers
leave their first boat, another waiting for them at the renewal of
the canal, within a quarter of a mile. Here, as upon other occasions
of the same sort, nearly as much is paid for the carriage of two or
three trunks between the boats, as for the whole voyage; and there
is an _Ordonnatie_ to authorize the price; for the Magistrates have
considered, that those, who have much baggage, are probably foreigners,
and may be thus made to support many of the natives. The Dutch
themselves put their linen into a velvet bag, called a _Rysack_, and
for this accordingly no charge is made.

The _Half Wegen Sluice_ is the name of this separation between two vast
waters, both of which have gained considerably upon their shores, and,
if united, would be irresistible. At the narrowest part, it consists
pile-work and masonry, to the thickness of probably forty feet. On this
spot the spectator has, on his left hand, the Y, which, though called a
river, is an immense inundation of the Zuyder Zee, and would probably
carry a small vessel, without interruption, into the German ocean. On
the other hand, is the Haerlem lake, about twelve miles long and nine
broad, on which, during the siege of Haerlem, the Dutch and Spaniards
maintained fleets, and fought battles. Extending as far as Leyden,
there is a passage upon it from that city to Amsterdam, much shorter
than by the canal, but held to be dangerous. Before the year 1657,
there was, however, no other way, and it was probably the loss of the
Prince of Bohemia and the danger of his dethroned father upon the lake,
that instigated the making of the canal.

This sluice is one of several valuable posts, by which Amsterdam may be
defended against a powerful army, and was an important station, during
the approach of the Duke of BRUNSWICK in 1787, when this city was the
last, which surrendered. All the roads being formed upon dikes, or
embankments, may be defended by batteries, which can be attacked only
by narrow columns and in front. The Half Wegen Sluice was, however,
easily taken by the Duke of BRUNSWICK, his opponents having neglected
to place gun-boats on the Haerlem lake, over which he carried eight
hundred men in thirty boats, and surprised the Dutch before day-break,
on the morning of the first of October. This was one of his real
assaults, but there were all together eleven made on that day, and, on
the next, the city proposed to surrender.

Beyond the sluice, the canal passes several breaches, made by
inundations of the Y, and not capable of being drained, or repaired.
In these places the canal is separated from the inundations either by
piles, or floating planks. None of the breaches were made within the
memory of the present generation, yet the boatmen have learned to speak
of them with horror.

There is nothing magnificent, or grand, in the approach to Amsterdam,
or the prospect of the city. The sails of above an hundred windmills,
moving on all sides, seem more conspicuous than the public buildings of
this celebrated capital.

The trechtschuyt having stopped on the outside of the gate, we waited
for one of the public coaches, which are always to be had by sending
to a livery stable, but do not stand in the street for fares. It
cost half-a-crown for a drive of about two miles into the city; the
regulated price is a guilder, or twenty-pence. Our direction was to the
_Doolen_; but the driver chose to take us to another inn, in the same
street, which we did not discover to be otherwise called, till we had
become satisfied with it.

Nearly all the chief thorough-fares of Amsterdam are narrow, but the
carriages are neither so numerous as in other places of the same size,
nor suffered to be driven with the same speed; so that, though there is
no raised pavement, foot passengers are as safe as elsewhere. There
are broad terraces to the streets over the two chief canals, but these
are sometimes encumbered by workshops, placed immediately over the
water, between which and the houses the owners maintain an intercourse
of packages and planks, with very little care about the freedom of the
passage. This, indeed, may be constantly observed of the Dutch: they
will never, either in their societies, or their business, employ their
time, for a moment, in gratifying the little malice, or shewing the
little envy, or assuming the little triumphs, which fill so much of
life with unnecessary miseries; but they will seldom step one inch out
of their way, or surrender one moment of their time, to save those,
whom they do not know, from any inconvenience. A Dutchman, throwing
cheeses into his warehouse, or drawing iron along the path-way,
will not stop, while a lady, or an infirm person passes, unless he
perceives somebody inclined to protect them; a warehouseman trundling
a cask, or a woman in the favourite occupation of throwing water upon
her windows, will leave it entirely to the passengers to take care of
their limbs, or their clothes.

The canals themselves, which are the ornaments of other Dutch cities,
are, for the most part, the nuisances of Amsterdam. Many of them are
entirely stagnant, and, though deep, are so laden with filth, that,
on a hot day, the feculence seems pestilential. Our windows opened
upon two, but the scent very soon made us willing to relinquish the
prospect. The bottoms are so muddy, that a boat-hook, drawn up,
perhaps, through twelve feet of water, leaves a circle of slime at
the top, which is not lost for many minutes. It is not unusual to see
boats, laden with this mud, passing during mid-day, under the windows
of the most opulent traders; and the fetid cargoes never disturb the
intense studies of the counting-houses within.

After this distaste of the streets and canals of Amsterdam, it was a
sort of duty to see, what is the glory of the city, the interior of the
Stadthouse; but we lost this spectacle, by a negligence of that severe
punctuality, in which the Dutch might be usefully imitated throughout
the world. Our friends had obtained for us a ticket of admission at
ten; we called upon them about half an hour afterwards; but, as the
ride from their house would have required ten minutes more, the time
of this ticket was thought to be elapsed. We would not accept one,
which was offered to be obtained for another day, being unwilling to
render it possible, that those, who were loading us with the sincerest
civilities, should witness another apparent instance of inattention.

The Stadthouse, as to its exterior, is a plain stone building,
attracting attention chiefly from its length, solidity and height.
The front is an hundred and eight paces long. It has no large gate, but
several small ones, and few statues, that would be observed, except
one of Atlas on the top. The tales, as to the expence of the building,
are inexhaustible. The foundation alone, which is entirely of piles,
is said to have cost a million of guilders, or nearly ninety thousand
pounds, and the whole edifice treble that sum. Its contents, the stock
of the celebrated Bank, are estimated at various amounts, of which we
will not repeat the lowest.

The Exchange is an humble building, and not convenient of access.
The Post Office is well situated, upon a broad terrace, near the
Stadthouse, and seems to be properly laid out for its use.

None of the churches are conspicuous for their structure; but the
regulation, with respect to their ministers, should be more known.
Two are assigned to each, and all throughout the city have equal and
respectable salaries.

At a distance from the Exchange are some magnificent streets, raised
on the banks of canals, nearly equalling those of the Hague for the
grandeur of houses, and much exceeding in length the best of Leyden and
Haerlem. These are the streets, which must give a stranger an opinion
of the wealth of the city, while the Port, and that alone, can display
the extensiveness of its commerce. The shops and the preparations for
traffic in the interior have a mean appearance to those, who try them
by the standard of London conveniences and elegance.

The best method of seeing the Port is to pass down it in a boat to some
of the many towns, that skirt the Zuyder Zee. One convenience, easy
to be had every where, is immediately visible from the quays. Small
platforms of planks supported by piles project from the shore between
the vessels, which are disposed with their heads towards the sides of
these little bridges; the furthest has thus a communication with the
quay, and, if the cargo is not of very heavy articles, may be unladen
at the same time with the others. The port is so wide, that, though
both sides are thronged with shipping, the channel in the middle is, at
least, as broad as the Thames at London Bridge; but the harbour does
not extend to more than half the length of the _Pool_ at London, and
seems to contain about half the number of vessels. The form of the port
is, however, much more advantageous for a display of shipping, which
may be here seen nearly at one glance in a fine bay of the _Zuyder_.

After a sail of about an hour, we landed at Saardam, a village
celebrated for the Dockyards, which supply Amsterdam with nearly all
its fleets. A short channel carries vessels of the greatest burthen
from Saardam to the Zuyder Zee, which the founders of the place took
care not to approach too nearly; and the terrace at the end of this
channel is prepared for the reception of cannon, that must easily
defend it from any attack by sea. Though the neighbourhood of a
dockyard might be supposed a sufficient antidote to cleanliness, the
neatness of this little town renders it a spectacle even to the Dutch
themselves. The streets are so carefully swept, that a piece of orange
peel would be noticed upon the pavement, and the houses are washed
and painted to the highest polish of nicety. Those, who are here in a
morning, or at night, may probably see how many dirty operations are
endured for the sake of this excessive cleanliness.

We were shewn nearly round the place, and, of course, to the cottage,
in which the indefatigable Peter the First of Russia resided, when he
was a workman in the dockyard. It is a tenement of two rooms, standing
in a part of the village, so very mean, that the alleys near it are
not cleaner, than those of other places. An old woman lives in the
cottage, and subsists chiefly by shewing it to visitors, amongst whom
have been the present Grand Duke and Duchess of Russia; for the Court
of Petersburgh acknowledge it to have been the residence of Peter,
and have struck a medal in commemoration of so truly honourable a
palace. The old woman has received one of these medals from the present
Empress, together with a grant of a small annuity to encourage her care
of the cottage.

We passed an agreeable afternoon, at an inn on the terrace, from whence
pleasure vessels and passage boats were continually departing for
Amsterdam, and had a smart sail, on our return, during a cloudy and
somewhat a stormy sunset. The approach to Amsterdam, on this side, is
as grand as that from Haerlem is mean, half the circuit of the city,
and all its spires, being visible at once over the crowded harbour.
The great church of Haerlem is also seen at a small distance, on the
right. The Amstel, a wide river, which flows through the city into
the harbour, fills nearly all the canals, and is itself capable of
receiving ships of considerable burthen: one of the bridges over it,
and a terrace beyond, are among the few pleasant walks enjoyed by the
inhabitants. The Admiralty, an immense building, in the interior of
which is the dockyard, stands on this terrace, or quay; and the East
India Company have their magazine here, instead of the interior of the
city, where it would be benevolence to let its perfume counteract the
noxiousness of the canals.

The government of Amsterdam is said to collect by taxes, rents and dues
of various sorts, more than an English million and a half annually;
and, though a great part of this sum is afterwards paid to the use of
the whole Republic, the power of collecting and distributing it must
give considerable consequence to the magistrates. The Senate, which
has this power, consists of thirty-six members, who retain their seats
during life, and were formerly chosen by the whole body of burghers;
but, about two centuries ago, this privilege was surrendered to the
Senate itself, who have ever since filled up the vacancies in their
number by a majority of their own voices. The _Echevins_, who form
the court of justice, are here chosen by the burghers out of a double
number, nominated by the Senate: in the other cities, the Stadtholder,
and not the burghers, makes this choice.

It is obvious, that when the City Senates, which return the Provincial
States, and, through them, the States General, were themselves
elected by the burghers, the legislature of the United Provinces had
a character entirely representative; and, at present, a respect for
public opinion is said to have considerable influence in directing the
choice of the Senates.

The province of Holland, of which this city is the most important part,
is supposed to contain 800,000 persons, who pay taxes to the amount of
twenty-four millions of guilders, or two millions sterling, forming
an average of two pounds ten shillings per person. In estimating the
real taxation of a people, it is, however, necessary to consider the
proportion of their consumption to their imports; for the duties,
advanced upon imported articles, are not ultimately and finally
paid till these are consumed. The frugal habits of the Dutch permit
them to retain but a small part of the expensive commodities, which
they collect; and the foreigners, to whom they are resold, pay,
therefore, a large share of the taxation, which would be so enormous,
if it was confined to the inhabitants. Among the taxes, really paid by
themselves, are the following;--a land-tax of about four shillings and
nine pence per acre; a sale-tax of eight per cent. upon horses, one and
a quarter per cent. upon other moveables, and two and an half per cent.
upon land and buildings; a tax upon inheritances out of the direct
line, varying from two and an half to eleven per cent.; two per cent.
upon every man's income; an excise of three pounds per hogshead upon
wine, and a charge of two per cent. upon all public offices. The latter
tax is not quite so popular here as in other countries, because many
of these offices are actually purchased, the holders being compelled
to buy stock to a certain amount, and to destroy the obligations. The
excise upon coffee, tea and salt is paid annually by each family,
according to the number of their servants.

The inhabitants of Amsterdam, and some other cities, pay also a tax,
in proportion to their property, for the maintenance of companies of
city-guards, which are under the orders of their own magistrates. In
Amsterdam, indeed, taxation is somewhat higher than in other places.
Sir William Temple was assured, that no less than thirty duties might
be reckoned to have been paid there, before a certain dish could be
placed upon a table at a tavern.

The exact sums, paid by the several provinces towards every hundred
thousand guilders, raised for the general use, have been often printed.
The share of Holland is 58,309 guilders and a fraction; that of
Overyssel, which is the smallest, 3571 guilders and a fraction.

Of five colleges of Admiralty, established within the United
Provinces, three are in Holland, and contribute of course to point out
the pre-eminence of that province. It is remarkable, that neither of
these supply their ships with provisions: They allow the captains to
deduct about four-pence halfpenny per day from the pay of each sailor
for that purpose; a regulation, which is never made injurious to the
seamen by any improper parsimony, and is sometimes useful to the
public, in a country where pressing is not permitted. A captain, who
has acquired a character for generosity amongst the sailors, can muster
crew in a few days, which, without such a temptation, could not be
raised in as many weeks.

We cannot speak with exactness of the prices of provisions in this
province, but they are generally said to be as high as in England. The
charges at inns are the same as on the roads within an hundred miles of
London, or, perhaps, something more. Port wine is not so common as a
wine which they call Claret, but which is compounded of a strong red
wine from Valencia, mixed with some from Bourdeaux. The general price
for this is twenty pence English a bottle; three and four pence is the
price for a much better sort. About half-a-crown per day is charged for
each apartment; and _logement_ is always the first article in a bill.

Private families buy good claret at the rate of about eighteen pence
per bottle, and chocolate for two shillings per pound. Beef is sold
for much less than in England, but is so poor that the Dutch use it
chiefly for soup, and salt even that which they roast. Good white
sugar is eighteen pence per pound. Bread is dearer than in England;
and there is a sort, called milk bread, of uncommon whiteness, which
costs nearly twice as much as our ordinary loaves. Herbs and fruits are
much lower priced, and worse in flavour; but their colour and size
are not inferior. Fish is cheaper than in our maritime counties, those
excepted which are at a great distance from the metropolis. Coffee is
very cheap, and is more used than tea. No kind of meat is so good as
in England; but veal is not much inferior, and is often dressed as
plainly and as well as with us. The innkeepers have a notion of mutton
and lamb chops; but then it is _à la Maintenon_; and the rank oil of
the paper is not a very delightful sauce. Butter is usually brought to
table _clarified_, that is, purposely melted into an _oil_; and it is
difficult to make them understand that it may be otherwise.

The Dutch have much more respect for English than for other travellers;
but there is a jealousy, with respect to our commerce, which is
avowed by those, who have been tutored to calm discussion, and may be
perceived in the conversation of others, whenever the state of the
two countries is noticed. This jealousy is greater in the maritime than
in the other provinces, and in Amsterdam than in some of the other
cities. Rotterdam has so much direct intercourse with England, as to
feel, in some degree, a share in its interests.

Some of our excursions round Amsterdam were made in a curious vehicle;
the body of a coach placed upon a sledge, and drawn by one horse. The
driver walks by the side, with the reins in one hand, and in the other
a wetted rope, which he sometimes throws under the sledge to prevent it
from taking fire, and to fill up the little gaps in the pavement. The
appearance of these things was so whimsical, that curiosity tempted us
to embark in one; and, finding them laughed at by none but ourselves,
the convenience of being upon a level with the shops, and with the
faces that seemed to contain the history of the shops, induced us to
use them again. There are great numbers of them, being encouraged by
the magistrates, in preference to wheel carriages, and, as is said,
in tenderness to the piled foundations of the city, the only one in
Holland in which they are used. The price is eight pence for any
distance within the city, and eight pence an hour for attendance.

Near Amsterdam is the small village of Ouderkirk, a place of some
importance in the short campaign of 1787, being accessible by four
roads, all of which were then fortified. It consists chiefly of the
country houses of Amsterdam merchants, at one of which we passed a
pleasant day. Having been but slightly defended, after the loss of the
posts of _Half Wegen_ and _Amstelveen_, it was not much injured by the
Prussians; but there are many traces of balls thrown into it. The ride
to it from Amsterdam is upon the chearful banks of the Amstel, which
is bordered, for more than five miles, with gardens of better verdure
and richer groves than had hitherto appeared. The village was spread
with booths for a fair, though it was Sunday; and we were somewhat
surprised to observe, that a people in general so gravely decorous
as the Dutch, should not pay a stricter deference to the Sabbath. We
here took leave of some friends, whose frank manners and obliging
dispositions are remembered with much more delight than any other
circumstances, relative to Amsterdam.


The passage from Amsterdam hither is of eight hours; and,
notwithstanding the pleasantness of trechtschuyt conveyance, seemed
somewhat tedious, after the habit of passing from city to city in half
that time. The canal is, however, justly preferred to others, on
account of the richness of its surrounding scenery; and it is pleasing
to observe how gradually the country improves, as the distance from
the province of Holland and from the sea increases. Towards Utrecht,
the gardens rise from the banks of the canal, instead of spreading
below its level, and the grounds maintain avenues and plantations of
lofty trees. Vegetation is stronger and more copious; shrubs rise to a
greater height; meadows display a livelier green; and the lattice-work
of the bowery avenues, which occur so frequently, ceases to be more
conspicuous than the foliage.

It was Whitsuntide, and the banks of the canal were gay with holiday
people, riding in waggons and carts; the latter frequently carrying a
woman wearing a painted hat as large as an umbrella, and a man with
one in whimsical contrast clipped nearly close to the crown. The lady
sometimes refreshed herself with a fan, and the gentleman, meanwhile,
with a pipe of tobacco. Every village we passed resounded with hoarse
music and the clatter of wooden shoes: among these the prettiest
was _Nieuversluys_, bordering each side of the canal, with a white
drawbridge picturesquely shadowed with high trees, and green banks
sloping to the water's brim. Pleasure-boats and trechtschuyts lined the
shores; and the windows of every house were thronged with broad faces.
On the little terraces below were groups of smokers, and of girls in
the neat trim Dutch dress, with the fair complexion and air of decorous
modesty, by which their country-women are distinguished.

About half way from Amsterdam stands a small modern fortification; and
it is an instance of Dutch carefulness, that grass had just been mowed
even from the parapets of the batteries, and was made up in heaps
within the works. Not far from it is an ancient castle of one tower,
left in the state to which it was reduced during the contest with the

Near Utrecht, the ground has improved so much, that nothing but
its evenness distinguishes it from other countries; and, at some
distance eastward, the hills of Guelderland rise to destroy this last
difference. The entrance into the city is between high terraces, from
which steps descend to the canal; but the street is not wide enough
to have its appearance improved by this sort of approach. Warehouses,
formed under the terraces, shew also that the latter have been raised
more for convenience than splendour.

The steeple of the great church, formerly a cathedral, excites, in
the mean time, an expectation of dignity in the interior, where some
considerable streets and another canal complete the air of an opulent
city. It is not immediately seen, that a great part of the body of
this cathedral has been destroyed, and that the canals, being subject
to tides, have dirty walls during the ebb. The splendour, which might
be expected in the capital of a province much inhabited by nobility,
does not appear; nor is there, perhaps, any street equal to the best
of Leyden and Haerlem; yet, in general beauty, the city is superior to
either of these.

We arrived just before nine, at which hour a bell rings to denote
the shutting of the larger gates; for the rules of a walled town are
observed here, though the fortifications could be of little other use
than to prevent a surprise by horse. The _Chateau d'Anvers_, at which
we lodged, is an excellent inn, with a landlord, who tells, that he has
walked sixty years in his own passage, and that he had the honour of
entertaining the Marquis of Granby thirteen times, during the war of
1756. Though the Dutch inns are generally unobjectionable, there is
an air of English completeness about this which the others do not reach.

Utrecht is an university, but with as little appearance of such an
institution as Leyden. The students have no academical dress; and their
halls, which are used only for lectures and exercises, are formed
in the cloisters of the ancient cathedral. The chief sign of their
residence in the place is, that the householders, who have lodgings to
let, write upon a board, as is done at Leyden, _Cubicula locanda_. We
were shewn round the town by a member of the university, who carefully
avoided the halls; and we did not press to see them.

There are still some traces remaining of the Bishopric, which was
once so powerful, as to excite the jealousy, or rather, perhaps, to
tempt the avarice of Charles the Fifth, who seized upon many of its
possessions. The use made of the remainder by the States General,
is scarcely more justifiable; for the prebends still subsist, and are
disposed of by sale to Lay Canons, who send delegates to the Provincial
States, as if they had ecclesiastical characters.

The substantial remains of the Cathedral are one aisle, in which divine
service is performed, and a lofty, magnificent Gothic tower, that
stands apart from it. The ascent of this tower is one of the tasks
prescribed to strangers, and, laborious as it is, the view from the
summit sufficiently rewards them. A stone staircase, steep, narrow, and
winding, after passing several grated doors, leads into a floor, which
you hope is at the top, but which is little more than half way up. Here
the family of the belfryman fill several decently furnished apartments,
and shew the great bell, with several others, the noise of which, it
might be supposed, no human ears could bear, as they must, at the
distance of only three, or four yards. After resting a few minutes in
a room, the windows of which command, perhaps, a more extensive land
view than any other inhabited apartment in Europe, you begin the second
ascent by a staircase still narrower and steeper, and, when you seem
to be so weary as to be incapable of another step, half the horizon
suddenly bursts upon the view, and all your meditated complaints are
overborne by expressions of admiration.

Towards the west, the prospect, after including the rich plain of
gardens near Utrecht, extends over the province of Holland, intersected
with water, speckled with towns, and finally bounded by the sea, the
mists of which hide the low shores from the sight. To the northward,
the Zuyder Zee spreads its haziness over Amsterdam and Naerden; but
from thence to the east, the spires of Amersfoort, Rhenen, Arnheim,
Nimeguen and many intermediate towns, are seen amongst the woods and
hills, that gradually rise towards Germany. South-ward, the more
mountainous district of Cleves and then the level parts of Guelderland
and Holland, with the windings of the Waal and the Leck, in which the
Rhine loses itself, complete a circle of probably more than sixty
miles diameter, that strains the sight from this tremendous steeple.
The almost perpendicular view into the streets of Utrecht affords
afterwards some relief to the eye, but increases any notions of danger,
you may have had from observing, that the open work Gothic parapet,
which alone prevents you from falling with dizziness, has suffered
something in the general decay of the church.

While we were at the top, the bells struck; and, between the giddiness
communicated by the eye, and the stunning effect of a sound that seemed
to shake the steeple, we were compelled to conclude sooner than had
been intended this comprehensive and farewell prospect of Holland.

The Mall, which is esteemed the chief ornament of Utrecht, is, perhaps,
the only avenue of the sort in Europe, still fit to be used for the
game that gives its name to them all. The several rows of noble trees
include, at the sides, roads and walks; but the centre is laid out
for the game of _Mall_, and, though not often used, is in perfect
preservation. It is divided so as to admit of two parties of players
at once, and the side-boards sufficiently restrain spectators. The
Mall in St. James's Park was kept in the same state, till 1752, when
the present great walk was formed over the part, which was separated
by similar side-boards. The length of that at Utrecht is nearly three
quarters of a mile. The luxuriance and loftiness of the trees preserve
a perspective much superior to that of St. James's, but in the
latter the whole breadth of the walks is greater, and the view is more
extensive, as well as more ornamented.

This city, being a sort of capital to the neighbouring nobility, is
called the politest in the United Provinces, and certainly abounds,
more than the others, with the professions and trades, which are
subservient to splendour. One practice, observed in some degree, in all
the cities, is most frequent here; that of bows paid to all parties,
in which there are ladies, by every gentleman who passes. There are,
however, no plays, or other public amusements; and the festivities,
or ceremonies, by which other nations commemorate the happier events
in their history, are as unusual here as in the other parts of the
United Provinces, where there are more occasions to celebrate and fewer
celebrations than in most European countries. Music is very little
cultivated in any of the cities, and plays are to be seen only at
Amsterdam and the Hague, where German and Dutch pieces are acted upon
alternate nights. At Amsterdam, a French Opera-house has been shut up,
and, at the Hague, a _Comédie_, and the actors ordered to leave the

The ramparts of the city, which are high and command extensive
prospects, are rather emblems of the peacefulness, which it has long
enjoyed, than signs of any effectual resistance, prepared for an enemy.
They are in many places regularly planted with trees, which must be
old enough to have been spared, together with the Mall, by Louis the
Fourteenth; in others, pleasure houses, instead of batteries, have
been raised upon them. A few pieces of old cannon are planted for the
purpose of saluting the Prince of ORANGE, when he passes the city.

Trechtschuyts go no further eastward than this place, so that we hired
a voiturier's carriage, a sort of curricle with a driver's box in
front, for the journey to Nimeguen. The price for thirty-eight, or
thirty-nine miles, was something more than a guinea and a half; the
horses were worth probably sixty pounds upon the spot, and were as able
as they were showy, or they could not have drawn us through the deep
sands, that cover one third of the road.

We were now speedily quitting almost every thing, that is generally
characteristic of Dutch land. The pastures were intermixed with fields
of prosperous corn; the best houses were surrounded by high woods, and
the grounds were separated by hedges, instead of water, where any sort
of partition was used. Windmills were seldom seen, and those only for
corn. But these improvements in the appearance of the country were
accompanied by many symptoms of a diminished prosperity among the
people. In eight-and-thirty miles there was not one considerable
town; a space, which, in the province of Holland, would probably have
included three opulent cities, several extensive villages, and ranges
of mansions, erected by merchants and manufacturers.

_Wyk de Duerstede_, the first town in the road, is distinguishable at
some distance, by the shattered tower of its church, a monument of
the desolation, spread by the Spaniards. The inhabitants, probably
intending, that it should remain as a lesson to posterity, have not
attempted to restore it, further than to place some stones over the
part filled by the clock. The body of the church and the remainder of
the tower are not deficient of Gothic dignity. The town itself consists
of one, or two wide streets, not well filled either with inhabitants,
or houses.

The road here turns to the eastward and is led along the right bank of
the Leck, one of the branches of the Rhine, upon a raised mound, or
dique, sometimes twenty, or thirty feet, above the river on the one
side, and the plains, on the other. Small posts, each numbered, are
placed along this road, at unequal distances, for no other use, which
we could discover, than to enable the surveyors to report exactly
where the mound may want repairs. The carriage way is formed of a deep
sand, which we were very glad to leave, by crossing the river at a
ferry; though this road had given us a fine view of its course and of
some stately vessels, pressing against the stream, on their voyage to

On the other side, the road went further from the river, though we
continued to skirt it occasionally as far as a small ferry-house,
opposite to Rhenen, at which we dined, while the horses rested under a
shed, built over the road, as weigh-houses are at our turnpikes. Rhenen
is a walled town, built upon an ascent from the water, and appears to
have two, or three neat streets.

Having dined in a room, where a table, large enough for twenty persons,
was placed, on one side, and a line of four, or five beds, covered
by one long curtain, was formed against the wainscot, on the other,
the voiturier clamoured, that the gates of Nimeguen would be shut
before we could get to them, and we soon began to cross the country
between the Leck and the Waal, another branch of the Rhine, which, in
Guelderland, divides itself into so many channels, that none can be
allowed the pre-eminence of retaining its name. Soon after reaching the
right bank of the Waal, the road affords a view of the distant towers
of Nimeguen, which appear there to be very important, standing upon a
brow, that seems to front the whole stream of the river. In the way, we
passed several noble estates, with mansions, built in the castellated
form, which James the First introduced into England, instead of the
more fortified residences; and there was a sufficient grandeur of
woods and avenues, to shew, that there might be parks, if the owners
had the taste to form them. Between the avenues, the gilded ornaments
of the roof, and the peaked coverings, placed, in summer, over the
chimneys, glittered to the light, and shewed the fantastic style of the
architecture, so exactly copied in Flemish landscapes of the sixteenth
and seventeenth centuries.

As the sun declined and we drew near Nimeguen, the various colouring
of a scene more rich than extensive rendered its effect highly
interesting. The wide Waal on our left, reflecting the evening blush,
and a vessel whose full sails caught a yellow gleam from the west; the
ramparts and pointed roofs of Nimeguen rising over each other, just
tinted by the vapour that ascended from the bay below; the faint
and fainter blue of two ridges of hills in Germany retiring in the
distance, with the mellow green of nearer woods and meadows, formed a
combination of hues surprisingly gay and beautiful. But Nimeguen lost
much of its dignity on a nearer approach; for many of the towers, which
the treachery of fancy had painted at distance, changed into forms
less picturesque; and its situation, which a bold sweep of the Waal
had represented to be on a rising peninsula crowning the flood, was
found to be only on a steep beside it. The ramparts, however, the high
old tower of the citadel, the Belvidere, with the southern gate of the
town beneath, composed part of an interesting picture on the opposite
margin of the river. But there was very little time to observe it: the
driver saw the flying bridge, making its last voyage, for the night,
towards our shore, and likely to return in about twenty minutes; he,
therefore, drove furiously along the high bank of the river, and,
turning the angle of the two roads with a velocity, which would have
done honour to a Brentford postillion, entered that adjoining the first
half of the bridge, and shewed the directors of the other half, that we
were to be part of their cargo.

This bridge, which is partly laid over boats and partly over two
barges, that float from the boats to the shore, is so divided, because
the stream is occasionally too rapid to permit an entire range of boats
between the two banks. It is thus, for one half, a bridge of boats,
and, for the other, a flying bridge; which last part is capable of
containing several carriages, and joins to the other so exactly as not
to occasion the least interruption. It is also railed for the safety
of foot passengers, of whom there are commonly twenty, or thirty. The
price for a carriage is something about twenty-pence, which the
tollmen carefully collect as soon as the demi-bridge has begun its


Has, towards the water, little other fortification than an ancient
brick wall, and a gate. Though it is a garrison town, and certainly
no trifling object, we were not detained at the gate by troublesome
ceremonies. The commander, affecting no unnecessary carefulness, is
satisfied with a copy of the report, which the innkeepers, in all the
towns, send to the Magistrates, of the names and conditions of their
guests. A printed paper is usually brought up, after supper, in which
you are asked to write your name, addition, residence, how long you
intend to stay, and to whom you are known in the province. We did not
shew a passport in Holland.

The town has an abrupt but short elevation from the river, which
you ascend by a narrow but clean street, opening into a spacious
market-place. The great church and the guard-house are on one side of
this; from the other, a street runs to the eastern gate of the town,
formed in the old wall, beyond which commence the modern and strong
fortifications, that defend it, on the land side. At the eastern
extremity of the place, a small mall leads to the house, in which the
Prince of Orange resided, during the troubles of 1786; and, beyond
it, on a sudden promontory towards the river, stands a prospect
house, called the Belvidere, which, from its eastern and southern
windows, commands a long view into Germany, and to the north looks
over Guelderland. From this place all the fortifications, which are
very extensive, are plainly seen, and a military person might estimate
their strength. There are several forts and outworks, and, though
the ditch is pallisadoed instead of filled, the place must be capable
of a considerable defence, unless the besieging army should be masters
of the river and the opposite bank. There was formerly a fortress upon
this bank, which was often won and lost, during the sieges of Nimeguen,
but no remains of it are visible now.

The town is classic ground to those, who venerate the efforts, by which
the provinces were rescued from the dominion of the Spaniards. It was
first attempted by SENGIUS, a Commander in the Earl of LEICESTER'S
army, who proposed to enter it, at night, from the river, through a
house, which was to be opened to him; but his troops by mistake entered
another, where a large company was collected, on occasion of a wedding,
and, being thus discovered to the garrison, great numbers of those,
already landed upon the beach, were put to the sword, or drowned in the
confusion of the retreat. An attempt by Prince Maurice to surprise it
was defeated by the failure of a _petard_, applied to one of the gates;
but it was soon after taken by a regular siege, carried on chiefly
from the other side of the river. This and the neighbouring fortress
of Grave were among the places, first taken by Louis the Fourteenth,
during his invasion, having been left without sufficient garrisons.

The citadel, a remnant of the antient fortifications, is near the
eastern gate, which appears to be thought stronger than the others,
for, on this side, also is the arsenal.

Nimeguen has been compared to Nottingham, which it resembles more in
situation than in structure, though many of the streets are steep, and
the windows of one range of houses sometimes overlook the chimnies of
another; the views also, as from some parts of Nottingham, are over a
green and extensive level, rising into distant hills; and here the
comparison ends. The houses are built entirely in the Dutch fashion,
with many coloured, painted fronts, terminating in peaked roofs; but
some decline of neatness may be observed by those who arrive here
from the province of Holland. The market-place, though gay and large,
cannot be compared with that of Nottingham, in extent, nor is the town
more than half the size of the latter, though it is said to contain
nearly fifty thousand inhabitants. From almost every part of it you
have, however, a glimpse of the surrounding landscape, which is more
extensive than that seen from Nottingham, and is adorned by the sweeps
of a river of much greater dignity than the Trent.

We left Nimeguen, in the afternoon, with a voiturier, whose price,
according to the _ordonnatie_, was higher than if we had set out half
an hour sooner, upon the supposition that he could not return that
night. The road lies through part of the fortifications, concerning
which there can, of course, be no secrecy. It then enters an extensive
plain, and runs almost parallel to a range of heights, at the extremity
of which Nimeguen stands, and presents an appearance of still greater
strength and importance than when seen from the westward.

       *       *       *       *       *

After a few miles, this road leaves the territories of the United
Provinces, and enters the Prussian duchy of Cleves, at a spot where
a mill is in one country, and the miller's house in the other. An
instance of difference between the conditions of the people in the two
countries was observable even at this passage of their boundary. Our
postillion bought, at the miller's, a loaf of black bread, such as is
not made in the Dutch provinces, and carried it away for the food of
his horses, which were thus initiated into some of the blessings of the
German peasantry. After another quarter of a mile you have more proofs
that you have entered the country of the King of Prussia. From almost
every cluster of huts barefooted children run out to beg, and ten or a
dozen stand at every gate, nearly throwing themselves under the wheels
to catch your money, which, every now and then, the bigger seize from
the less.

Yet the land is not ill-cultivated. The distinction between the
culture of land in free and arbitrary countries, was, indeed, never
very apparent to us, who should have been ready enough to perceive it.
The great landholders know what should be done, and the peasantry are
directed to do it. The latter are, perhaps, supplied with stock, and
the grounds produce as much as elsewhere, though you may read, in the
looks and manners of the people, that very little of its productions is
for them.

Approaching nearer to Cleves, we travelled on a ridge of heights, and
were once more cheared with the "pomp of groves." Between the branches
were delightful catches of extensive landscapes, varied with hills
clothed to their summits with wood, where frequently the distant spires
of a town peeped out most picturesquely. The open vales between were
chiefly spread with corn; and such a prospect of undulating ground,
and of hills tufted with the grandeur of forests, was inexpressibly
chearing to eyes fatigued by the long view of level countries.

At a few miles from Cleves the road enters the Park and a close avenue
of noble plane-trees, when these prospects are, for a while, excluded.
The first opening is where, on one hand, a second avenue commences,
and, on the other, a sort of broad bay in the woods, which were
planted by Prince Maurice, includes an handsome house now converted
into an inn, which, owing to the pleasantness of the situation, and its
vicinity to a mineral spring, is much frequented in summer. A statue of
General Martin Schenck, of dark bronze, in complete armour, and with
the beaver down, is raised upon a lofty Ionic column, in the centre of
the avenue, before the house. Resting upon a lance, the figure seems
to look down upon the passenger, and to watch over the scene, with the
sternness of an ancient knight. It appears to be formed with remarkable
skill, and has an air more striking and grand than can be readily

The _orangerie_ of the palace is still preserved, together with a
semi-circular pavilion, in a recess of the woods, through which an
avenue of two miles leads you to


This place, which, being the capital of a duchy, is entitled a City,
consists of some irregular streets, built upon the brow of a steep
hill. It is walled, but cannot be mentioned as fortified, having no
solid works. The houses are chiefly built of stone, and there is a
little of Dutch cleanliness; but the marks of decay are strongly
impressed upon them, and on the ancient walls. What little trade there
is, exists in retailing goods sent from Holland. The Dutch language and
coins are in circulation here, almost as much as the German.

The established religion of the town is Protestant; but here is an
almost universal toleration, and the Catholics have several churches
and monasteries. Cleves has suffered a various fate in the sport of
war during many centuries, but has now little to distinguish it
except the beauty of its prospects, which extend into Guelderland and
the province of Holland, over a country enriched with woody hills and
vallies of corn and pasturage.

Being convinced, in two or three hours, that there was nothing to
require a longer stay, we set out for Xanten, a town in the same
duchy, distant about eighteen miles. For nearly the whole of this
length the road lay through a broad avenue, which frequently entered a
forest of oak, fir, elm, and majestic plane-trees, and emerged from it
only to wind along its skirts. The views then opened over a country,
diversified with gentle hills, and ornamented by numberless spires
upon the heights, every small town having several convents. The castle
of Eltenberg, on the summit of a wooded mountain, was visible during
the whole of this stage and part of the next day's journey. Yet the
fewness, or the poverty, of the inhabitants appeared from our meeting
only one chaise, and two or three small carts, for eighteen miles of
the only high-road in the country.

It was a fine evening in June, and the rich lights, thrown among
the forest glades, with the solitary calmness of the scene, and
the sereneness of the air, filled with scents from the woods, were
circumstances which persuaded to such tranquil rapture as Collins must
have felt when he had the happiness to address to Evening--

  For when thy folding star, arising, shews
  His paly circlet, at his warning lamp,
  The fragrant hours and elves
  Who slept in buds the day:

  And many a nymph, who wreaths her brows with sedge,
  And sheds the fresh'ning dew, and, lovelier still,
  The pensive pleasures sweet
  Prepare thy shadowy car.

A small half-way village, a stately convent, with its gardens, called
Marienbaum, founded in the 15th century by Maria, Duchess of Cleves,
and a few mud cottages of the woodcutters, were the only buildings
on the road: the foot passengers were two Prussian soldiers. It was
moonlight, and we became impatient to reach Xanten, long before our
driver could say, in a mixture of German and Dutch, that we were near
it. At length from the woods, that had concealed the town, a few lights
appeared over the walls, and dissipated some gloomy fancies about a
night to be passed in a forest.


This is a small town, near the Rhine, without much appearance of
prosperity, but neater than most of the others around it. Several
narrow streets open into a wide and pleasant market-place, in the
centre of which an old but flourishing elm has its branches carefully
extended by a circular railing, to form an arbour over benches. A
cathedral, that proves the town to have been once more considerable,
is on the north side of this place; a fine building, which, shewn by
the moon of a summer midnight, when only the bell of the adjoining
convent calling the monks to prayers, and the waving of the aged tree,
were to be heard, presented a scene before the windows of our inn, that
fully recompensed for its want of accommodation.

There were also humbler reasons towards contentment; for the people of
the house were extremely desirous to afford it; and the landlord was an
orator in French, of which and his address he was pleasantly vain. He
received us with an air of humour, mingled with his complaisance, and
hoped, that, "as _Monsieur_ was _Anglois_, he should surprise him with
his _vin extraordinaire_, all the Rhenish wine being adulterated by the
Dutch, before they sent it to England. His house could not be fine,
because he had little money; but he had an excellent cook, otherwise it
could not be expected that the prebendaries of the cathedral would dine
at it, every day, and become, as they were, _vraiment, Monsieur, gros
comme vous me voyez!_"

There are in this small town several monasteries and one convent of
noble canonesses, of which last the members are few, and the revenues
very great. The interior of the cathedral is nearly as grand as the
outside; and mass is performed in it with more solemnity than in many,
which have larger institutions.

We left Xanten, the next morning, in high spirits, expecting to reach
Cologne, which was little more than fifty miles distant, before night,
though the landlord and the postmaster hinted, that we should go no
further than Neuss. This was our first use of the German post, the
slowness of which, though it has been so often described, we had not
estimated. The day was intensely hot, and the road, unsheltered by
trees, lay over deep sands, that reflected the rays. The refreshing
forests of yesterday we now severely regretted, and watched impatiently
to catch a freer air from the summit of every hill on the way. The
postillion would permit his horses to do little more than walk, and
every step threw up heaps of dust into the chaise. It had been so
often said by travellers, that money has as little effect in such
cases as intreaties, or threats, that we supposed this slowness
irremediable, which was really intended only to produce an offer of
what we would willingly have given.


In something more than three hours, we reached Rheinberg, distant about
nine miles; a place often mentioned in the military history of the
sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and which we had supposed would
at least gratify us by the shew of magnificent ruins, together with
some remains of its former importance. It is a wretched place of one
dirty street, and three or four hundred mean houses, surrounded by a
decayed wall that never was grand, and half filled by inhabitants,
whose indolence, while it is probably more to be pitied than blamed,
accounts for the sullenness and wretchedness of their appearance. Not
one symptom of labour, or comfort, was to be perceived in the whole
town. The men seemed, for the most part, to be standing at their doors,
in unbuckled shoes and woollen caps. What few women we saw were brown,
without the appearance of health, which their leanness and dirtiness
prevented. Some small shops of hucksters' wares were the only signs of

The inn, that seemed to be the best, was such as might be expected in a
remote village, in a cross road in England. The landlord was standing
before the door in his cap, and remained there some time after we
had found the way into a sitting room, and from thence, for want of
attendance, into a kitchen; where two women, without stockings, were
watching over some sort of cookery in earthen jugs. We were supplied,
at length, with bread, butter and sour wine, and did not suffer
ourselves to consider this as any specimen of German towns, because
Rheinberg was not a station of the post; a delusion, the spirit of
which continued through several weeks, for we were always finding
reasons to believe, that the wretchedness of present places and persons
was produced by some circumstances, which would not operate in other

This is the condition of a town, which, in the sixteenth and
seventeenth centuries, was thought important enough to be five times
attacked by large armies. FARNESE, the Spanish commander, was diverted
from his attempt upon it, by the necessity of relieving Zutphen, then
besieged by the Earl of Leicester: in 1589, the Marquis of Varambon
invested it, for the Spaniards, by order of the Prince of Parma;
but it was relieved by our Colonel Vere, who, after a long battle,
completely defeated the Spanish army. In 1599, when it was attacked
by Mendoza, a magazine caught fire. The governor, his family, and a
part of the garrison were buried in the ruins of a tower, and the
explosion sunk several vessels in the Rhine; after which, the remainder
of the garrison surrendered the place. The Prince of Orange retook it
in 1633. Four years afterwards, the Spaniards attempted to surprise it
in the night; but the Deputy Governor and others, who perceived that
the garrison could not be immediately collected, passed the walls,
and, pretending to be deserters, mingled with the enemy, whom they
persuaded to delay the attack for a few minutes. The troops within
were in the mean time prepared for their defence, and succeeded in
it; but the Governor, with two officers and fifteen soldiers who had
accompanied him, being discovered, were killed. All these contests were
for a place not belonging to either party, being in the electorate of
Cologne, but which was valuable to both, for its neighbourhood to their

Beyond Rheinberg, our prospects were extensive, but not so woody, or
so rich as those of the day before, and few villages enlivened the
landscape. Open corn lands, intermixed with fields of turnips, spread
to a considerable distance, on both sides; on the east, the high ridges
of the Westphalian mountains shut up the scene. The Rhine, which
frequently swept near the road, shewed a broad surface, though shrunk
within its sandy shores by the dryness of the season. Not a single
vessel animated its current, which was here tame and smooth, though
often interrupted by sands, that rose above its level.


The next town was Hoogstrass, a post station, fifteen miles from
Xanten, of which we saw little more than the inn, the other part of
this small place being out of the road. A large house, which might
have been easily made convenient, and was really not without plenty,
confirmed our notion, that, at the post stages, there would always
be some accommodation. We dined here, and were well attended. The
landlord, a young man who had served in the army of the country,
and appeared by his dress to have gained some promotion, was very
industrious in the house, during this interval of his other employments.

The next stage was of eighteen miles, which make a German post and an
half; and, during this space, we passed by only one town, Ordingen,
or Urdingen, the greatest part of which spread between the road and the

Towards evening, the country became more woody, and the slender
spires of convents frequently appeared, sheltered in their groves and
surrounded by corn lands of their own domain. One of these, nearer
to the road, was a noble mansion, and, with its courts, offices and
gardens, spread over a considerable space. A summer-house, built over
the garden wall, had no windows towards the road, but there were
several small apertures, which looked upon it and beyond to a large
tract of inclosed wood, the property of the convent.


Soon after sun-set, we came to Neuss, which, as it is a post town, and
was mentioned as far off as Xanten, we had been sure would afford a
comfortable lodging, whether there were any vestiges, or not, of its
ancient and modern history. The view of it, at some little distance,
did not altogether contradict this notion, for it stands upon a gentle
ascent, and the spires of several convents might justly give ideas of
a considerable town to those, who had not learned how slightly such
symptoms are to be attended to in Germany.

On each side of the gate, cannon balls of various sizes remain in the
walls. Within, you enter immediately into a close street of high,
but dirty stone houses, from which you expect to escape presently,
supposing it to be only some wretched quarter, appropriated to
disease and misfortune. You see no passengers, but, at the door of
every house, an haggard group of men and women stare upon you with
looks of hungry rage, rather than curiosity, and their gaunt figures
excite, at first, more fear than pity. Continuing to look for the
better quarter, and to pass between houses, that seem to have been left
after a siege and never entered since, the other gate of the town at
length appears, which you would rather pass at midnight than stop at
any place yet perceived. Within a small distance of the gate, there
is, however, a house with a wider front, and windows of unshattered
glass and walls not quite as black as the others, which is known to
be the inn only because the driver stops there, for, according to the
etiquette of sullenness in Germany, the people of the house make no
shew of receiving you.

If it had not already appeared, that there was no other inn, you might
learn it from the manners of the two hostesses and their servants.
Some sort of accommodation is, however, to be had; and those, who have
been longer from the civilities and assiduities of similar places in
England, may, by more submission and more patience, obtain it sooner
than we did. By these means they may reduce all their difficulties into
one, that of determining whether the windows shall be open or shut;
whether they will endure the closeness of the rooms, or will admit air,
loaded with the feculence of putrid kennels, that stagnate along the
whole town.

This is the _Novesium_ of Tacitus, the entrance of the thirteenth
legion into which he relates, at a time when the Rhine, _incognita illi
cœlo siccitate_, became _vix navium patiens_, and which VOCULA was soon
after compelled to surrender by the treachery of other leaders and
the corruption of his army, whom he addressed, just before his murder,
in the fine speech, beginning, "_Nunquam apud vos verba feci, aut pro
vobis solicitior, aut pro me securior_"; a passage so near to the
_cunctisque timentem, securumque sui_, by which LUCAN describes CATO,
that it must be supposed to have been inspired by it.

This place stood a siege, for twelve months, against 60,000 men,
commanded by CHARLES the BOLD, Duke of Burgundy, and succeeded in its
resistance. But, in 1586, when it held out for GEBHERT DE TRUSCHES, an
Elector of Cologne, expelled by his Chapter, for having married, it
was the scene of a dreadful calamity. FARNESE, the Spanish General,
who had just taken Venlo, marched against it with an army, enraged
at having lost the plunder of that place by a capitulation. When the
inhabitants of Neuss were upon the point of surrendering it, upon
similar terms, the army, resolving not to lose another prey of blood
and gold, rushed to the assault, set fire to the place, and murdered
all the inhabitants, except a few women and children, who took refuge
in two churches, which alone were saved from the flames.

When the first shock of the surprise, indignation and pity, excited
by the mention of such events, is overcome, we are, of course,
anxious to ascertain whether the perpetrators of them were previously
distinguished by a voluntary entrance into situations, that could be
supposed to mark their characters. This was the army of Philip the
Second. The soldiers were probably, for the most part, forced into the
service. The officers, of whom only two are related to have opposed the
massacre, could not have been so.

What was then the previous distinction of the officers of Philip the
Second? But it is not proper to enter into a discussion here of the
nature of their employment.

Neuss was rebuilt, on the same spot; the situation being convenient for
an intercourse with the eastern shore of the Rhine, especially with
Dusseldorff, to which it is nearly opposite. The ancient walls were
partly restored by the French, in 1602. One of the churches, spared by
the Spaniards, was founded by a daughter of CHARLEMAGNE, in the ninth
century, and is now attached to the Chapter of Noble Ladies of St.
Quirin; besides which there are a Chapter of Canons, and five or six
convents in the place.


From Neuss hither we passed through a deep, sandy road, that sometimes
wound near the Rhine, the shores of which were yet low and the water
tame and shallow. There were no vessels upon it, to give one ideas
either of the commerce, or the population of its banks.

The country, for the greater part of twenty miles, was a flat of corn
lands; but, within a short distance of Cologne, a gentle rise affords a
view of the whole city, whose numerous towers and steeples had before
appeared, and of the extensive plains, that spread round it. In the
southern perspective of these, at the distance of about eight leagues,
rise the fantastic forms of what are called the Seven Mountains;
westward, are the cultivated hills, that extend towards Flanders; and,
eastward, over the Rhine, the distant mountains, that run through
several countries of interior Germany. Over the wild and gigantic
features of the Seven Mountains dark thunder mists soon spread an awful
obscurity, and heightened the expectation, which this glimpse of them
had awakened, concerning the scenery we were approaching.

The appearance of Cologne, at the distance of one, or two miles, is not
inferior to the conception, which a traveller may have already formed
of one of the capitals of Germany, should his mind have obeyed that
almost universal illusion of fancy, which dresses up the images of
places unseen, as soon as much expectation, or attention is directed
towards them. The air above is crowded with the towers and spires
of churches and convents, among which the cathedral, with its huge,
unfinished mass, has a striking appearance. The walls are also high
enough to be observed, and their whole inclosure seems, at a distance,
to be thickly filled with buildings.

We should have known ourselves to be in the neighbourhood of some
place larger than usual, from the sight of two, or three carriages, at
once, on the road; nearly the first we had seen in Germany. There is
besides some shew of labour in the adjoining villages; but the sallow
countenances and miserable air of the people prove, that it is not a
labour beneficial to them. The houses are only the desolated homes of
these villagers; for there is not one that can be supposed to belong
to any prosperous inhabitant of the city, or to afford the coveted
stillness, in which the active find an occasional reward, and the idle
a perpetual misery.

A bridge over a dry fossé leads to the northern gate, on each side
of which a small modern battery defends the ancient walls. The city
is not fortified, according to any present sense of the term, but is
surrounded by these walls and by a ditch, of which the latter, near the
northern gate, serves as a sort of kitchen garden to the inhabitants.

Before passing the inner gate, a soldier demanded our names, and we
shewed our passport, for the first time; but, as the inquisitor did
not understand French, in which language passports from England are
written, it was handed to his comrades, who formed a circle about our
chaise, and began, with leaden looks, to spell over the paper. Some
talked, in the mean time, of examining the baggage; and the money,
which we gave to prevent this, being in various pieces and in Prussian
coin, which is not perfectly understood here, the whole party turned
from the passport, counting and estimating the money in the hand of
their collector, as openly as if it had been a legal tribute. When this
was done and they had heard, with surprise, that we had not determined
where to lodge, being inclined to take the pleasantest inn, we wrote
our names in the corporal's dirty book, and were allowed to drive,
under a dark tower, into the city.

Instantly, the narrow street, gloomy houses, stagnant kennels and
wretchedly looking people reminded us of the horrors of Neuss. The
lower windows of these prison-like houses are so strongly barricadoed,
that we had supposed the first two, or three, to be really parts of
a gaol; but it soon appeared, that this profusion of heavy iron work
was intended to exclude, not to confine, robbers. A succession of
narrow streets, in which the largest houses were not less disgusting
than the others for the filthiness of their windows, doorways and
massy walls, continued through half the city. In one of these streets,
or lanes, the postillion stopped at the door of an inn, which he
said was the best; but the suffocating air of the street rendered it
unnecessary to enquire, whether, contrary to appearances, there could
be any accommodation within, and, as we had read of many squares,
or market-places, he was desired to stop at an inn, situated in one
of these. Thus we came to the Hotel de Prague, a large straggling
building, said to be not worse than the others, for wanting half its
furniture, and probably superior to them, by having a landlord of
better than German civility.

Having counted from our windows the spires of ten, or twelve churches,
or convents, we were at leisure to walk farther into the city, and to
look for the spacious squares, neat streets, noble public buildings
and handsome houses, which there could be no doubt must be found in an
Imperial and Electoral city, seated on the Rhine, at a point where the
chief roads from Holland and Flanders join those of Germany, treated
by all writers as a considerable place, and evidently by its situation
capable of becoming a sort of _emporium_ for the three countries. The
spot, into which our inn opened, though a parallelogram of considerable
extent, bordered by lime trees, we passed quickly through, perceiving,
that the houses on all its sides were mean buildings, and therefore
such as could not deserve the attention in the Imperial and Electoral
city of Cologne. There are streets from each angle of this place, and
we pursued them all in their turn, narrow, winding and dirty as they
are, pestilent with kennels, gloomy from the height and blackness of
the houses, unadorned by any public buildings, except the churches,
that were grand, or by one private dwelling, that appeared to be
clean, with little shew of traffic and less of passengers, either
busy, or gay, till we saw them ending in other streets still worse, or
concluded by the gates of the city. One of them, indeed, led through
a market-place, in which the air is free from the feculence of the
streets, but which is inferior to the other opening in space, and not
better surrounded by buildings.

"These diminutive observations seem to take away something from the
dignity of writing, and therefore are never communicated, but with
hesitation, and a little fear of abasement and contempt."[2] And it
is not only because they take away something from the dignity of
writing, that such observations are withheld. To be thought capable
of commanding more pleasures and preventing more inconveniences than
others is a too general passport to respect; and, in the ordinary
affairs of life, for one, that will shew somewhat less prosperity than
he has, in order to try who will really respect him, thousands exert
themselves to assume an appearance of more, which they might know can
procure only the mockery of esteem for themselves, and the reality of
it for their supposed conditions. Authors are not always free from a
willingness to receive the fallacious sort of respect, that attaches
to accidental circumstances, for the real sort, of which it would be
more reasonable to be proud. A man, relating part of the history of
his life, which is always necessarily done by a writer of travels,
does not choose to shew that his course could lie through any scenes
deficient of delights; or that, if it did, he was not enough elevated
by his friends, importance, fortune, fame, or business, to be incapable
of observing them minutely. The curiosities of cabinets and of courts
are, therefore, exactly described, and as much of every occurrence as
does not shew the relater moving in any of the plainer walks of life;
but the difference between the stock of physical comforts in different
countries, the character of conditions, if the phrase may be used, such
as it appears in the ordinary circumstances of residence, dress, food,
cleanliness, opportunities of relaxation; in short, the information,
which all may gain, is sometimes left to be gained by all, not from the
book, but from travel. A writer, issuing into the world, makes up
what he mistakes for his best appearance, and is continually telling
his happiness, or shewing his good-humour, as people in a promenade
always smile, and always look round to observe whether they are seen
smiling. The politest salutation of the Chinese, when they meet, is,
"Sir, prosperity is painted on your countenance;" or, "your whole air
announces your felicity;" and the writers of travels, especially since
the censure thrown upon SMOLLET, seem to provide, that their prosperity
shall be painted on their volumes, and all their observations announce
their felicity.

[2] Dr. Samuel Johnson.

Cologne, though it bears the name of the Electorate, by which it is
surrounded, is an imperial city; and the Elector, as to temporal
affairs, has very little jurisdiction within it. The government has an
affectation of being formed upon the model of Republican Rome; a form
certainly not worthy of imitation, but which is as much disgraced
by this burlesque of it, as ancient statues are by the gilding and
the wigs, with which they are said to be sometimes arrayed by modern
hands. There is a senate of forty-nine persons, who, being returned
at different times of the year, are partly nominated by the remaining
members, and partly chosen by twenty-two tribes of burgesses, or
rather by so many companies of traders. Of six burgomasters, two are
in office every third year, and, when these appear in public, they
are preceded by LICTORS, bearing _fasces_, sur-mounted by their _own
arms_! Each of the tribes, or companies, has a President, and the
twenty-two Presidents form a Council, which is authorised to enquire
into the conduct of the Senate: but the humbleness of the burgesses
in their individual condition has virtually abolished all this scheme
of a political constitution. Without some of the intelligence and
personal independence, which are but little consistent with the general
poverty and indolence of German traders, nothing but the forms of any
constitution can be preserved, long after the virtual destruction of it
has been meditated by those in a better condition. The greater part of
these companies of traders having, in fact, no trade which can place
them much above the rank of menial servants to their rich customers,
the design, that their Council shall check the Senate, and the Senate
direct the Burgomasters, has now, of course, little effect. And this,
or a still humbler condition, is that of several cities in Germany,
called free and independent, in which the neighbouring sovereigns have
scarcely less authority, though with something more of circumstance,
than in their own dominions.

The constitution of Cologne permits, indeed, some direct interference
of the Elector; for the Tribunal of Appeal, which is the supreme
court of law, is nominated by him: he has otherwise no direct power
within the city; and, being forbidden to reside there more than three
days successively, he does not even retain a palace, but is contented
with a suite of apartments, reserved for his use at an inn. That this
exclusion is no punishment, those, who have ever passed two days
at Cologne, will admit; and it can tend very little to lessen his
influence, for the greatest part of his personal expenditure must
reach the merchants of the place; and the officers of several of his
territorial jurisdictions make part of the inhabitants. His residences,
with which he is remarkably well provided, are at Bonn; at Bruhl, a
palace between Cologne and that place; at Poppelsdorff, which is beyond
it; at Herzogs Freud, an hunting seat; and in Munster, of which he is
the Bishop.

The duties of customs and excise are imposed by the magistrates of
the city, and these enable them to pay their contributions to the
Germanic fund; for, though such cities are formally independent of the
neighbouring princes and nobility, they are not so of the general laws
or expences of the empire, in the Diet of which they have some small
share, forty-nine cities being allowed to send two representatives,
and thus to have two votes out of an hundred and thirty-six. These
duties, of both sorts, are very high at Cologne; and the first form
a considerable part of the interruptions, which all the States upon
the Rhine give to the commerce of that river. Here also commodities,
intended to be carried beyond the city by water, must be re-shipped;
for, in order to provide cargoes for the boatmen of the place, vessels
from the lower parts of the Rhine are not allowed to ascend beyond
Cologne, and those from the higher parts cannot descend it farther.
They may, indeed, reload with other cargoes for their return; and,
as they constantly do so, the Cologne boatmen are not much benefited
by the regulation; but the transfer of the goods employs some hands,
subjects them better to the inspection of the customhouse officers,
and makes it necessary for the merchants of places, on both sides,
trading with each other, to have intermediate correspondents here.
Yet, notwithstanding all this aggression upon the freedom of trade,
Cologne is less considerable as a port, than some Dutch towns, never
mentioned in a book, and is inferior, perhaps, to half the minor
seaports in England. We could not find more than thirty vessels of
burthen against the quay, all mean and ill-built, except the Dutch,
which are very large, and, being constructed purposely for a tedious
navigation, contain apartments upon the deck for the family of the
skipper, well furnished, and so commodious as to have four or five
sashed windows on each side, generally gay with flower-pots. Little
flower-gardens, too, sometimes formed upon the roof of the cabin,
increase the domestic comforts of the skipper; and the neatness of his
vessel can, perhaps, be equalled only by that of a Dutch house. In a
time of perfect peace, there is no doubt more traffic; but, from what
we saw of the general means and occasions of commerce in Germany, we
cannot suppose it to be much reduced by war. Wealthy and commercial
countries may be injured immensely by making war either for Germany
or against it; by too much friendship or too much enmity; but Germany
itself cannot be proportionately injured with them, except when it is
the scene of actual violence. Englishmen, who feel, as they always
must, the love of their own country much increased by the view of
others, should be induced, at every step, to wish, that there may be
as little political intercourse as possible, either of friendship or
enmity, between the blessings of their Island and the wretchedness of
the Continent.

Our inn had formerly been a convent, and was in a part of the town
where such societies are more numerous than elsewhere. At five
o'clock, on the Sunday after our arrival, the bells of churches
and convents began to sound on all sides, and there was scarcely
any entire intermission of them till evening. The places of public
amusement, chiefly a sort of tea-gardens, were then set open, and,
in many streets, the sound of music and dancing was heard almost as
plainly as that of the bells had been before; a disgusting excess of
licentiousness, which appeared in other instances, for we heard, at the
same time, the voices of a choir on one side of the street, and the
noise of a billiard table on the other. Near the inn, this contrast
was more observable. While the strains of revelry arose from an
adjoining garden, into which our windows opened, a pause in the music
allowed us to catch some notes of the vesper service, performing in a
convent of the order of Clarisse, only three or four doors beyond. Of
the severe rules of this society we had been told in the morning. The
members take a vow, not only to renounce the world, but their dearest
friends, and are never after permitted to see even their fathers or
mothers, though they may sometimes converse with the latter from behind
a curtain. And, lest some lingering remains of filial affection should
tempt an unhappy nun to lift the veil of separation between herself
and her mother, she is not allowed to speak even with her, but in the
presence of the abbess. Accounts of such horrible perversions of human
reason make the blood thrill and the teeth chatter. Their fathers they
can never speak to, for no man is suffered to be in any part of
the convent used by the sisterhood, nor, indeed, is admitted beyond
the gate, except when there is a necessity for repairs, when all the
votaries of the order are previously secluded. It is not easily, that
a cautious mind becomes convinced of the existence of such severe
orders; when it does, astonishment at the artificial miseries, which
the ingenuity of human beings forms for themselves by seclusion, is as
boundless as at the other miseries, with which the most trivial vanity
and envy so frequently pollute the intercourses of social life. The
poor nuns, thus nearly entombed during their lives, are, after death,
tied upon a board, in the clothes they die in, and, with only their
veils thrown over the face, are buried in the garden of the convent.

During this day, Trinity Sunday, processions were passing on all
sides, most of them attended by some sort of martial music. Many
of the parishes, of which there are nineteen, paraded with their
officers; and the burgesses, who are distributed into eight corps,
under a supposition that they could and would defend the city, if
it was attacked, presented their captains at the churches. The host
accompanied all these processions. A party of the city guards followed,
and forty or fifty persons out of uniform, the representatives probably
of the burgesses, who are about six thousand, succeeded. Besides the
guards, there was only one man in uniform, who, in the burlesque dress
of a drum-major, entertained the populace by a kind of extravagant
marching dance, in the middle of the procession. Our companion would
not tell us that this was the captain.

The cathedral, though unfinished, is conspicuous, amongst a great
number of churches, for the dignity of some detached features, that
shew part of the vast design formed for the whole. It was begun,
in 1248, by the Elector Conrad, who is related, in an hexameter
inscription over a gate, to have laid the first stone himself. In
1320, the choir was finished, and the workmen continued to be employed
upon the other parts in 1499, when of two towers, destined to be 580
feet above the roof, one had risen 21 feet, and the other 150 feet,
according to the measurement mentioned in a printed description. We
did not learn at what period the design of completing the edifice was
abandoned; but the original founder lived to see all the treasures
expended, which he had collected for the purpose. In its present state,
the inequality of its vast towers renders it a striking object at a
considerable distance; and, from the large unfilled area around it,
the magnificence of its Gothic architecture, especially of some parts,
which have not been joined to the rest, and appear to be the ruined
remains, rather than the commencement of a work, is viewed with awful

In the interior of the cathedral, a fine choir leads to an altar of
black marble, raised above several steps, which, being free from the
incongruous ornaments usual in Romish churches, is left to impress
the mind by its majestic plainness. The tall painted windows above,
of which there are six, are superior in richness of colouring and
design to any we ever saw; beyond even those in the Chapter-house
at York, and most resembling the very fine ones in the cathedral of
Canterbury. The nave is deformed by a low wooden roof, which appears to
have been intended only as a temporary covering, and should certainly
be succeeded by one of equal dignity to the vast columns placed for
its support, whether the other parts of the original design can ever
be completed or not.

By some accident we did not see the tomb of the three kings of
Jerusalem, whose bodies are affirmed to have been brought here from
Milan in 1162, when the latter city was destroyed by the Emperor
Frederic Barbarossa. Their boasted treasures of golden crowns and
diamonds pass, of course, without our estimation.

A description of the churches in Cologne, set out with good antiquarian
minuteness, would fill volumes. The whole number of churches, chapters
and chapels, which last are by far the most numerous, is not less than
eighty, and none are without an history of two or three centuries.
They are all opened on Sundays; and we can believe, that the city may
contain, as is asserted, 40,000 souls, for nearly all that we saw were
well attended. In one, indeed, the congregation consisted only of two
or three females, kneeling at a great distance from the altar, with an
appearance of the utmost intentness upon the service, and abstraction
from the noise of the processions, that could be easily heard within.
They were entirely covered with a loose black drapery; whether for
penance, or not, we did not hear. In the cathedral, a figure in the
same attitude was rendered more interesting by her situation beneath
the broken arches and shattered fret-work of a painted window, through
which the rays of the sun scarcely penetrated to break the shade she
had chosen.

Several of the chapels are not much larger than an ordinary apartment,
but they are higher, that the nuns of some adjoining convent may have a
gallery, where, veiled from observation by a lawn curtain, their voices
often mingle sweetly with the choir. There are thirty-nine convents of
women and nineteen of men, which are supposed to contain about fifteen
hundred persons. The chapters, of which some are noble and extremely
opulent, support nearly four hundred more; and there are said to be,
upon the whole, between two and three thousand persons, under religious
denominations, in Cologne. Walls of convents and their gardens appear
in every street, but do not attract notice, unless, as frequently
happens, their bell sounds while you are passing. Some of their female
inhabitants may be seen in various parts of the city, for there is an
order, the members of which are employed, by rotation, in teaching
children and attending the sick. Those of the noble chapters are
little more confined than if they were with their own families, being
permitted to visit their friends, to appear at balls and promenades,
to wear what dresses they please, except when they chaunt in the
choir, and to quit the chapter, if the offer of an acceptable marriage
induces their families to authorise it; but their own admission into
the chapter proves them to be noble by sixteen quarterings, or four
generations, and the offer must be from a person of equal rank, or
their descendants could not be received into similar chapters; an
important circumstance in the affairs of the German noblesse.

Some of these ladies we saw in the church of their convent. Their
habits were remarkably graceful; robes of lawn and black silk flowed
from the shoulder, whence a quilled ruff, somewhat resembling that
of Queen Elizabeth's time, spread round the neck. The hair was in
curls, without powder, and in the English fashion. Their voices were
peculiarly sweet, and they sung the responses with a kind of plaintive
tenderness, that was extremely interesting.

The Jesuits' church is one of the grandest in Cologne, and has the
greatest display of paintings over its numerous altars, as well as of
marble pillars. The churches of the chapters are, for the most part,
very large, and endowed with the richest ornaments, which are,
however, not shewn to the public, except upon days of fête. We do not
remember to have seen that of the chapter of St. Ursula, where heads
and other relics are said to be handed to you from shelves, like books
in a library; nor that of the convent of Jacobins, where some MSS. and
other effects of Albert the Great, bishop of Ratisbon, are among the
treasures of the monks.

Opposite to the Jesuits' church was an hospital for wounded soldiers,
several of whom were walking in the court yard before it, half-clothed
in dirty woollen, through which the bare arms of many appeared.
Sickness and neglect had subdued all the symptoms of a soldier; and
it was impossible to distinguish the wounded French from the others,
though we were assured that several of that nation were in the crowd.
The windows of the hospital were filled with figures still more
wretched. There was a large assemblage of spectators, who looked as if
they were astonished to see, that war is compounded of something else,
besides the glories, of which it is so easy to be informed.

The soldiery of Cologne are under the command of the magistrates, and
are employed only within the gates of the city. The whole body does not
exceed an hundred and fifty, whom we saw reviewed by their colonel, in
the place before the Hotel de Prague. The uniform is red, faced with
white. The men wear whiskers, and affect an air of ferocity, but appear
to be mostly invalids, who have grown old in their guard-houses.

Protestants, though protected in their persons, are not allowed the
exercise of their religion within the walls of the city, but have a
chapel in a village on the other side of the Rhine. As some of the
chief merchants, and those who are most useful to the inhabitants,
are of the reformed church, they ventured lately to request that they
might have a place of worship within the city; but they received the
common answer, which opposes all sort of improvement, religious or
civil, that, though the privilege in itself might be justly required,
it could not be granted, because they would then think of asking
something more.

The government of Cologne in ecclesiastical affairs is with the
Elector, as archbishop, and the Chapter as his council. In civil
matters, though the city constitution is of little effect, the real
power is not so constantly with him as might be supposed; those, who
have influence, being sometimes out of his interest. Conversation,
as we were told, was scarcely less free than in Holland, where there
is justly no opposition to any opinion, however improper, or absurd,
except from the reason of those, who hear it. On that account, and
because of its easy intercourse with Brussels and Spa, this city
is somewhat the resort of strangers, by whom such conversation is,
perhaps, chiefly carried on; but those must come from very wretched
countries who can find pleasure in a residence at Cologne.

Amongst the public buildings must be reckoned the Theatre, of which we
did not see the inside, there being no performance, during our stay,
except on Sunday. This, it seems, may be opened, without offence to
the Magistrates, though a protestant church may not. It stands in a
row of small houses, from which it is distinguished only by a painted
front, once tawdry and now dirty, with the inscription, "_Musis
Gratiisque decentibus_." The Town-house is an awkward and irregular
stone building. The arsenal, which is in one of the narrowest streets,
we should have passed, without notice, if it had not been pointed out
to us. As a building, it is nothing more than such as might be formed
out of four or five of the plainest houses laid into one. Its contents
are said to be chiefly antient arms, of various fashions and sizes, not
very proper for modern use.


After a stay of nearly three tedious days, we left Cologne for Bonn,
passing through an avenue of limes, which extends from one place
to the other, without interruption, except where there is a small
half way village. The distance is not less than eighteen miles, and
the diversified culture of the plains, through which it passes, is
unusually grateful to the eye, after the dirty buildings of Cologne
and the long uniformity of corn lands in the approach to it. Vines
cover a great part of these plains, and are here first seen in
Germany, except, indeed, within the walls of Cologne itself, which
contain many large inclosures, converted from gardens and orchards
into well sheltered vineyards. The vines reminded us of English hop
plants, being set, like them, in rows, and led round poles to various
heights, though all less than that of hops. Corn, fruit or herbs were
frequently growing between the rows, whose light green foliage mingled
beautifully with yellow wheat and larger patches of garden plantations,
that spread, without any inclosures, to the sweeping Rhine, on the
left. Beyond, appeared the blue ridges of Westphalian mountains. On the
right, the plains extend to a chain of lower and less distant hills,
whose skirts are covered with vines and summits darkened with thick

The Elector's palace of Bruhl is on the right hand of the road, at
no great distance, but we were not told, till afterwards, of the
magnificent architecture and furniture, which ought to have attracted
our curiosity.

On a green and circular hill, near the Rhine, stands the Benedictine
abbey of Siegbourg, one of the first picturesque objects of the rich
approach to Bonn; and, further on, the castle-like towers of a convent
of noble ladies; both societies celebrated for their wealth and the
pleasantness of their situations, which command extensive prospects
over the country, on each side of the river. As we drew near Bonn, we
frequently caught, between the trees of the avenue, imperfect, but
awakening glimpses of the pointed mountains beyond; contrasted with
the solemn grandeur of which was the beauty of a round woody hill,
apparently separated from them only by the Rhine and crowned with the
spire of a comely convent. Bonn, with tall slender steeples and the
trees of its ramparts, thus backed by sublime mountains, looks well,
as you approach it from Cologne, though neither its noble palace, nor
the Rhine, which washes its walls, are seen from hence. We were asked
our names at the gate, but had no trouble about passports, or baggage.
A long and narrow street leads from thence to the market-place, not
disgusting you either with the gloom, or the dirt of Cologne, though
mean houses are abundantly intermixed with the others, and the best are
far from admirable. The _physiognomy of the place_, if one may use the
expression, is wholesome, though humble. By the recommendation of a
Dutch merchant, we went to an inn in another street, branching from the
market-place; and found it the cleanest, since we had left Holland.

Bonn may be called the political capital of the country, the Elector's
Court being held only there; and, what would not be expected, this has
importance enough to command the residence of an agent from almost
every Power in Europe. The present Elector being the uncle of the
Emperor, this attention is, perhaps, partly paid, with the view, that
it may be felt at the Court of Vienna. Even Russia is not unrepresented
in this miniature State.

The Elector's palace is, in point of grandeur, much better fitted to
be the scene of diplomatic ceremonies, than those of many greater
Sovereigns; and it is fitted also for better than diplomatic purposes,
being placed before some of the most striking of nature's features,
of which it is nearly as worthy an ornament as art can make. It is
seated on the western bank of the Rhine, the general course of which it
fronts, though it forms a considerable angle with the part immediately
nearest. The first emotion, on perceiving it, being that of admiration,
at its vastness, the wonder is, of course, equal, with which you
discover, that it is only part of a greater design. It consists of a
centre and an eastern wing, which are completed, and of a western wing,
of which not half is yet raised. The extent from east to west is so
great, that, if we had enquired the measurement, we should have been
but little assisted in giving an idea of the spectacle, exhibited by so
immense a building.

It is of stone, of an architecture, perhaps, not adequate to the
grandeur of its extent, but which fills no part with unsuitable, or
inelegant ornaments. Along the whole garden front, which is the chief,
a broad terrace supports a promenade and an orangery of noble trees,
occasionally refreshed by fountains, that, ornamented with statues,
rise from marble basons. An arcade through the centre of the palace
leads to this terrace, from whence the prospect is strikingly beautiful
and sublime. The eye passes over the green lawn of the garden and a
tract of level country to the groupe, called the Seven Mountains,
broken, rocky and abrupt towards their summits, yet sweeping finely
near their bases, and uniting with the plains by long and gradual
descents, that spread round many miles. The nearest is about a league
and a half off. We saw them under the cloudless sky of June, invested
with the mistiness of heat, which softening their rocky points, and
half veiling their recesses, left much for the imagination to supply,
and gave them an aërial appearance, a faint tint of silvery grey, that
was inexpressibly interesting. The Rhine, that winds at their feet, was
concealed from us by the garden groves, but from the upper windows of
the palace it is seen in all its majesty.

On the right from this terrace, the smaller palace of Poppelsdorff
terminates a long avenue of limes and chesnut trees, that communicates
with both buildings, and above are the hill and the convent _Sanctæ
Crucis_, the latter looking out from among firs and shrubby steeps.
From thence the western horizon is bounded by a range of hills, clothed
to their summits with wood. The plain, that extends between these and
the Rhine, is cultivated with vines and corn, and the middle distance
is marked by a pyramidal mountain, darkened by wood and crowned with
the tower and walls of a ruined castle.

The gardens of the palace are formally laid out in straight walks and
alleys of cut trees; but the spacious lawn between these gives fine
effect to the perspective of the distant mountains; and the bowery
walks, while they afford refreshing shelter from a summer sun, allow
partial views of the palace and the romantic landscape.

It was the Elector Joseph Clement, the same who repaired the city, left
in a ruinous state by the siege of 1703, under the Duke of Marlborough,
that built this magnificent residence. There are in it many suites
of state rooms and every sort of apartment usual in the mansions of
Sovereigns; saloons of audience and ceremony, a library, a cabinet
of natural history and a theatre. Though these are readily opened to
strangers, we are to confess, that we did not see them, being prevented
by the attentions of those, whose civilities gave them a right to
command us, while their situations enabled them to point out the best
occupation of our time. The hall of the Grand Master of the Teutonic
Order, ornamented with portraits of all the grand masters, we are,
however, sorry to have neglected even for the delights of Poppelsdorff,
which we were presently shewn.

Leaving the palace, we passed through the garden, on the right, to a
fine avenue of turf, nearly a mile long, bordered by alleys of tall
trees, and so wide, that the late Elector had designed to form a
canal in the middle of it, for an opportunity of passing between
his palaces, by land, or water, as he might wish. The palace of
Poppelsdorff terminates the perspective of this avenue. It is a small
building, surrounded by its gardens, in a taste not very good, and
remarkable chiefly for the pleasantness of its situation. An arcade,
encompassing a court in the interior, communicates with all the
apartments on the ground floor, which is the principal, and with the
gardens, on the eastern side of the chateau. The entrance is through a
small hall, decorated with the ensigns of hunting, and round nearly the
whole arcade stags' heads are placed, at equal distances. These have
remained here, since the reign of Clement Augustus, the founder of the
palace, who died in 1761; and they exhibit some part of the history of
his life; for, under each, is an inscription, relating the events and
date of the hunt, by which he killed it. There are twenty-three such

The greatest part of the furniture had been removed, during the
approach of the French, in 1792; and the Archduchess Maria Christina,
to whom the Elector, her brother, had lent the chateau, was now very
far from sumptuously accommodated. On this account, she passed much of
her time, at Goodesberg, a small watering place in the neighbourhood.
After her retreat from Brussels, in consequence of the advances of the
French in the same year, she had accompanied her husband, the Duke of
Saxe Teschen, into Saxony; but, since his appointment to the command
of the Emperor's army of the Upper Rhine, her residence had been
established in the dominions of her brother.

We were shewn through her apartments, which she had left for
Goodesberg, a few hours before. On the table of her sitting room
lay the fragments of a painted cross, composed of small pieces, like
our dissected maps, the putting of which together exercises ingenuity
and passes, perhaps, for a sort of piety. The attendant said, that
it served to pass the time; but it cannot be supposed, that rank
and fortune have so little power to bestow happiness, as that their
possessors should have recourse to such means of lightening the hours
of life.

On another table, was spread a map of all the countries, then included
in the Theatre of War, and on it a box, filled with small pieces of
various coloured wax, intended to mark the positions of the different
armies. These were of many shades; for the Archduchess, who is said
to be conversant with military affairs and to have descended to the
firing of bombs at the siege of Lisle, was able to distinguish the
several corps of the allied armies, that were acting separately from
each other. The positions were marked up to the latest accounts then
public. The course of her thoughts was visible from this chart, and
they were interesting to curiosity, being those of the sister of the
late unfortunate Queen of France.

The walls of an adjoining cabinet were ornamented with drawings from
the antique by the Archduchess, disposed upon a light ground and
serving instead of tapestry.

The chapel is a rotunda, rising into a dome, and, though small, is
splendid with painting and gilding. In the centre are four altars,
formed on the four sides of a square pedestal, that supports a figure
of our Saviour; but the beauty of this design is marred by the vanity
of placing near each altar the statue of a founder of the Teutonic
order. The furniture of the Elector's gallery is of crimson velvet and

On another side of the chateau, we were shewn an apartment entirely
covered with grotto work, and called the hall of shells; a curious
instance of patient industry, having been completed by one man, during
a labour of many years. Its situation in the middle of an inhabited
mansion is unsuitable to the character of a grotto: but its coolness
must render it a very convenient retreat; and the likenesses of
animals, as well as the other forms, into which the shells are thrown,
though not very elegant, are fanciful enough, especially as the
ornaments of fountains, which play into several parts of the room.

Leaving the palace by the bridge of a moat, that nearly surrounds it,
we passed through the pleasant village of Poppelsdorff, and ascended
the hill SANCTÆ CRUCIS, called so from the convent of the same name,
which occupies its summit. The road wound between thick woods; but we
soon left it for a path, that led more immediately to the summit,
among shrubs and plantations of larch and fir, and which opened into
easy avenues of turf, that sometimes allowed momentary views of other
woody points and of the plains around. The turf was uncommonly fragrant
and fine, abounding with plants, which made us regret the want of a
Botanist's knowledge and pleasures. During the ascent, the peaked tops
of the mountains of the Rhine, so often admired below, began to appear
above a ridge of dark woods, very near us, in a contrast of hues, which
was exquisitely fine. It was now near evening; the mistiness of heat
was gone from the surface of these mountains, and they had assumed a
blue tint so peculiar and clear, that they appeared upon the sky, like
supernatural transparencies.

We had heard, at Bonn, of the Capuchins' courtesy, and had no
hesitation to knock at their gate, after taking some rest in the
portico of the church, from whence we looked down another side of the
mountain, over the long plains between Bonn and Cologne. Having waited
some time at the gate, during which many steps fled along the passage
and the head of a monk appeared peeping through a window above, a
servant admitted us into a parlour, adjoining the refectory, which
appeared to have been just left. This was the first convent we had
entered, and we could not help expecting to see more than others had
described; an involuntary habit, from which few are free, and which
need not be imputed to vanity, so long as the love of surprise shall
be so visible in human pursuits. When the lay-brother had quitted us,
to inform the superior of our request, not a footstep, or a voice
approached, for near a quarter of an hour, and the place seemed as
if uninhabited. Our curiosity had no indulgence within the room,
which was of the utmost plainness, and that plainness free from any
thing, that the most tractable imagination could suppose peculiar to
a convent. At length, a monk appeared, who received us with infinite
good humour, and with the ease which must have been acquired in more
general society. His shaven head and black garments formed a whimsical
contrast to the character of his person and countenance, which bore no
symptoms of sorrow, or penance, and were, indeed, animated by an air
of cheerfulness and intelligence, that would have become the happiest
inhabitant of the gayest city.

Through some silent passages, in which he did not shew us a cell and
we did not perceive another monk, we passed to the church, where the
favour of several Electors has assisted the display of paintings,
marble, sculpture, gold and silver, mingled and arranged with
magnificent effect. Among these was the marble statue, brought from
England, at a great expence, and here called a representation of St.
Anne, who is said to have found the Cross. Our conductor seemed to
be a man of good understanding and desirous of being thought so; a
disposition, which gave an awkwardness to his manner, when, in noticing
a relic, he was obliged to touch upon some unproved and unimportant
tradition, peculiar to his church and not essential to the least
article of our faith. His sense of decorum as a member of the convent
seemed then to be struggling with his vanity, as a man.

But there are relics here, pretending to a connection with some parts
of christian history, which it is shocking to see introduced to
consideration by any means so trivial and so liable to ridicule. It
is, indeed, wonderful, that the absurd exhibitions, made in Romish
churches, should so often be minutely described, and dwelt upon in
terms of ludicrous exultation by those, who do not intend that most
malignant of offences against human nature, the endeavour to excite a
wretched vanity by sarcasm and jest, and to employ it in eradicating
the comforts of religion. To such writers, the probable mischief of
uniting with the mention of the most important divine doctrines the
most ridiculous of human impositions ought to be apparent; and, as the
risk is unnecessary in a Protestant country, why is it encountered?
That persons otherwise inclined should adopt these topics is not
surprising; the easiest pretences to wit are found to be made by means
of familiar allusions to sacred subjects, because their necessary
incongruity accomplishes the greatest part of what, in other cases,
must be done by wit itself; there will, therefore, never be an end of
such allusions, till it is generally seen, that they are the resources
and symptoms of mean understandings, urged by the feverish desire of
an eminence, to which they feel themselves inadequate.

From the chapel we ascended to a tower of the convent, whence all
the scattered scenes, of whose beauty, or sublimity, we had caught
partial glimpses between the woods below, were collected into one vast
landscape, and exhibited almost to a single glance. The point, on which
the convent stands, commands the whole horizon. To the north, spread
the wide plains, before seen, covered with corn, then just embrowned,
and with vines and gardens, whose alternate colours formed a gay
checker work with villages, convents and castles. The grandeur of this
level was unbroken by any inclosures, that could seem to diminish its
vastness. The range of woody heights, that bound it on the west, extend
to the southward, many leagues beyond the hill _Sanctæ Crucis_; but
the uniform and unbroken ridges of distant mountains, on the east,
cease before the Seven Mountains rise above the Rhine in all their
awful majesty. The bases of the latter were yet concealed by the woody
ridge near the convent, which gives such enchanting effect to their
aërial points. The sky above them was clear and glowing, unstained
by the lightest vapour; and these mountains still appeared upon it,
like unsubstantial visions. On the two highest pinnacles we could
just distinguish the ruins of castles, and, on a lower precipice, a
building, which our reverend guide pointed out as a convent, dedicated
to St. Bernard, giving us new occasion to admire the fine taste of the
monks in their choice of situations.

Opposite to the Seven Mountains, the plains of Goodesberg are
screened by the chain of hills already mentioned, which begin in the
neighbourhood of Cologne, and whose woods, spreading into France,
there assume the name of the Forest of Ardennes. Within the recesses
of these woods the Elector has a hunting-seat, almost every window of
which opens upon a different alley, and not a stag can cross these
without being seen from the chateau. It is melancholy to consider,
that the most frequent motives of man's retirement among the beautiful
recesses of nature, are only those of destroying the innocent animals
that inhabit her shades. Strange! that her lovely scenes cannot soften
his heart to milder pleasures, or elevate his fancy to nobler pursuits,
and that he must still seek his amusement in scattering death among the
harmless and the happy.

As we afterwards walked in the garden of the convent, the greater part
of which was planted with vines, the monk further exhibited his good
humour and liberality. He enquired concerning the events of the war, of
which he appeared to know the latest; spoke of his friends in Cologne
and other places; drew a ludicrous picture of the effect which would
be produced by the appearance of a capuchin in London, and laughed
immoderately at it. "There," said he, "it would be supposed, that some
harlequin was walking in a capuchin's dress to attract spectators for
a pantomime; here nobody will follow him, lest he should lead them to
church. Every nation has its way, and laughs at the ways of others.
Considering the effects, which differences sometimes have, there are
few things more innocent than that sort of laughter."

The garden was stored with fruits and the vegetable luxuries of the
table, but was laid out with no attention to beauty, its inimitable
prospects having, as the good monk said, rendered the society careless
of less advantages. After exchanging our thanks for his civilities
against his thanks for the visit, we descended to Poppelsdorff by a
steep road, bordered with firs and fragrant shrubs, which frequently
opened to corn lands and vineyards, where peasants were busied in
dressing the vines.

About a mile from Bonn is a garden, or rather nursery, to which they
have given the name of _Vauxhall_. It is much more rural than that
of London, being planted with thick and lofty groves, which, in this
climate, are gratefully refreshing, during the summer-day, but are very
pernicious in the evening, when the vapour, arising from the ground,
cannot escape through the thick foliage. The garden is lighted up only
on great festivals, or when the Elector or his courtiers give a ball in
a large room built for the purpose. On some days, half the inhabitants
of Bonn are to be seen in this garden, mingling in the promenade with
the Elector and his nobility; but there were few visitors when we saw
it. Count GIMNICH, the commander, who had surrendered Mentz to the
French, was the only person pointed out to us.

The road from hence to Bonn was laid out and planted with poplars
at the expence of the Elector, who has a taste for works of public
advantage and ornament. His Grandmastership of the Teutonic
Order renders his Court more frequented than those of the other
ecclesiastical Princes, the possessions of that Order being still
considerable enough to support many younger brothers of noble families.
Having passed his youth in the army, or at the courts of Vienna or
Brussels, he is also environed by friends, made before the vacancy of
an ecclesiastical electorate induced him to change his profession; and
the union of his three incomes, as Bishop of Munster, Grand Master and
Elector, enables him to spend something more than two hundred thousand
pounds annually. His experience and revenues are, in many respects,
very usefully employed. To the nobility he affords an example of
so much personal dignity, as to be able to reject many ostentatious
customs, and to remove some of the ceremonial barriers, which men
do not constantly place between themselves and their fellow-beings,
except from some consciousness of personal weakness. All sovereigns,
who have had any sense of their individual liberty and power, have
shewn a readiness to remove such barriers; but not many have been able
to effect so much as the Elector of Cologne against the chamberlains,
pages, and other footmanry of their courts, who are always upon the
_alerte_ to defend the false magnificence that makes their offices seem
necessary. He now enjoys many of the blessings, usual only in private
stations; among others, that of conversing with great numbers of
persons, not forced into his society by their rank, and of dispensing
with much of that attendance, which would render his menial servants
part of his company.

His secretary, Mr. Floret, whom we had the pleasure to see, gave us
some accounts of the industry and carefulness of his private life,
which he judiciously thought were better than any other panegyrics
upon his master. His attention to the relief, employment and education
of the poor, to the state of manufactures and the encouragement of
talents, appears to be continual; and his country would soon have
elapsed from the general wretchedness of Germany, if the exertions
of three campaigns had not destroyed what thirty years of care and
improvement cannot restore.

His residence at Bonn occasions expenditure enough to keep the people
busy, but he has not been able to divert to it any part of the
commerce, which, though it is of so little use at Cologne, is here
spoken of with some envy, and seems to be estimated above its amount.
The town, which is much neater than the others in the electorate, and
so pleasantly situated, that its name has been supposed to be formed
from the Latin synonym for good, is ornamented by few public buildings,
except the palace. What is called the University is a small brick
building, used more as a school than a college, except that the masters
are called professors. The principal church of four, which are within
the walls, is a large building, distinguished by several spires, but
not remarkable for its antiquity or beauty.

Many of the German powers retain some shew of a representative
government, as to affairs of finance, and have States, by which taxes
are voted. Those of the electorate of Cologne consist of four colleges,
representing the clergy, nobility, knights and cities; the votes are
given by colleges, so that the inhabitants of the cities, if they
elect their representatives fairly, have one vote in four. These States
assemble at Bonn.

One of the privileges, which it is surprising that the present Elector
should retain, is that of grinding corn for the consumption of the
whole town. His mill, like those of all the towns on the Rhine, is a
floating one, moored in the river, which turns its wheel. Bread is
bad at Bonn; but this oppressive privilege is not entirely answerable
for it, there being little better throughout the whole country. It
generally appears in rolls, with glazed crusts, half hollow; the crumb
not brown, but a sort of dirty white.

There are few cities in Germany without walls, which, when the dreadful
science of war was less advanced than at present, frequently protected
them against large armies. These are now so useless, that such cannon
as are employed against batteries could probably not be fired from
them without shaking their foundations. The fortifications of Bonn are
of this sort; and, though they were doubtless better, when the Duke
of Marlborough arrived before them, it is wonderful that they should
have sustained a regular siege, during which great part of the town was
demolished. The electorate of Cologne is, indeed, so ill prepared for
war, that it has not one town, which could resist ten thousand men for
three days.

The inhabitants of Bonn, whenever they regret the loss of their
fortifications, should be reminded of the three sieges, which, in the
course of thirty years, nearly destroyed their city. Of these the
first was in 1673, when the Elector had received a French garrison
into it; but the resistance did not then continue many days. It was
in this siege that the Prince of Orange, afterwards our honoured
William the Third, had one of his few military successes. In 1689,
the French, who had lately defended it, returned to attack it; and,
before they could subdue the strong garrison left in it by the Elector
of Brandenburg, the palace and several public buildings were destroyed.
The third siege was commanded by the Duke of Marlborough, and continued
from the 24th of April to the 16th of May, the French being then the
defenders, and the celebrated Cohorn one of the assailants. It was not
till fifteen years afterwards, that all the houses, demolished in this
siege, could be restored by the efforts of the Elector Joseph.

The present Elector maintains, in time of peace, about eight hundred
soldiers, which is the number of his contingent to the army of the
Empire: in the present war he has supplied somewhat more than this
allotment; and, when we were at Bonn, two thousand recruits were in
training. His troops wear the general uniform of the Empire, blue
faced with red, which many of the Germanic sovereigns give only to
their contingent troops, while those of their separate establishments
are distinguished by other colours. The Austrian regiments are chiefly
in white; faced with light blue, grey, or red; but the artillery are
dressed, with very little shew, in a cloak speckled with light brown.

Bonn was one of the very few places in Germany, which we left with
regret. It is endeared to the votaries of landscape by its situation
in the midst of fruitful plains, in the presence of stupendous
mountains, and on the bank of a river, that, in summer, is impelled
by the dissolved snows of Switzerland, and, in winter, rolls with the
accumulation of a thousand torrents from the rocks on its shores.
It contained many inhabitants, who had the independence to aim at a
just taste in morals and letters, in spite of the ill examples with
which such countries supply them; and, having the vices of the form
of government, established in it, corrected by the moderation and
immediate attention of the governor, it might be considered as a happy
region in the midst of ignorance, injustice and misery, and remembered
like the green spot, that, in an Arabian desert, cheers the senses and
sustains the hopes of the weary traveller.


The ride from Bonn to this delightful village is only one league over
a narrow plain, covered with corn and vineyards. On our right was the
range of hills, before seen from the mountain SANCTÆ CRUCIS, sweeping
into frequent recesses, and starting forward into promontories, with
inequalities, which gave exquisite richness to the forest, that
mantled from their bases to their utmost summits. Many a lurking
village, with its slender grey steeple, peeped from among the woody
skirts of these hills. On our left, the tremendous mountains, that bind
the eastern shore of the Rhine, gradually lost their aërial complexion,
as we approached them, and displayed new features and new enchantments;
an ever-varying illusion, to which the transient circumstance of
thunder clouds contributed. The sun-beams, streaming among these
clouds, threw partial gleams upon the precipices, and, followed by dark
shadows, gave surprising and inimitable effect to the natural colouring
of the mountains, whose pointed tops we now discerned to be covered
with dark heath, extended down their rocky sides, and mingled with the
reddish and light yellow tints of other vegetation and the soil. It
was delightful to watch the shadows sweeping over these steeps, now
involving them in deep obscurity, and then leaving them to the sun's
rays, which brought out all their hues into vivid contrast.

Near Goodesberg, a small mountain, insulated, abrupt and pyramidal,
rises from the plain, which it seems to terminate, and conceals the
village, that lies along its southern skirt. This mountain, covered
with vineyards and thick dwarf wood to its summit, where one high tower
and some shattered walls appear, is a very interesting object.

At the entrance of the village, the road was obstructed by a great
number of small carts, filled with soldiers apparently wounded. The
line of their procession had been broken by some carriages, hastening
with company to the ridotto at Goodesberg, and was not easily restored.
Misery and festivity could scarcely be brought into closer contrast.
We thought of Johnson's "many-coloured life," and of his picture, in
the preface to Shakespeare, of cotemporary wretchedness and joy, when
"the reveller is hastening to his wine, and the mourner is burying his
friend." This was a procession of wounded French prisoners, chiefly
boys, whose appearance had, indeed, led us to suspect their nation,
before we saw the stamp of the _fasces_, and the words "_Republique
Françoise_" upon the buttons of some, whom our driver had nearly
overset. The few, that could raise themselves above the floor of their
carts, shewed countenances yellow, or livid with sickness. They did not
talk to their guards, nor did the latter shew any signs of exultation
over them.

In a plain, beyond the village, a row of large houses, built upon one
plan, and almost resembling a palace, form the little watering place
of Goodesberg, which has been founded partly at the expence of the
Elector, and partly by individuals under his patronage. One of the
houses was occupied by the Archduchess, his sister, and is often used
by the Elector, who is extremely solicitous for the prosperity of the
place. A large building at the end contains the public rooms, and is
fitted up as an hotel.

The situation of this house is beautiful beyond any hope or power
of description; for description, though it may tell that there are
mountains and rocks, cannot paint the grandeur, or the elegance of
outline, cannot give the effect of precipices, or draw the minute
features, that reward the actual observer by continual changes of
colour, and by varying their forms at every new choice of his position.
Delightful Goodesberg! the sublime and beautiful of landscape, the
charms of music, and the pleasures of gay and elegant society, were
thine! The immediate unhappiness of war has now fallen upon thee; but,
though the graces may have fled thee, thy terrible majesty remains,
beyond the sphere of human contention.

The plain, that contains the village and the spa, is about five miles
in length and of half that breadth. It is covered by uninclosed corn,
and nearly surrounded by a vast amphitheatre of mountains. In front of
the inn, at the distance of half a league, extend, along the opposite
shore of the Rhine, the Seven Mountains, so long seen and admired,
which here assume a new attitude. The three tallest points are now
nearest to the eye, and the lower mountains are seen either in the
perspective between them, or sinking, with less abrupt declivities,
into the plains, on the north. The whole mass exhibits a grandeur of
outline, such as the pencil only can describe; but fancy may paint
the stupendous precipices of rock, that rise over the Rhine, the rich
tuftings of wood, that emboss the cliffs or lurk within the recesses,
the spiry summits and the ruined castles, faintly discerned, that crown
them. Yet the appearance of these mountains, though more grand, from
Goodesberg, is less sublime than from Bonn; for the nearness, which
increases their grandeur, diminishes their sublimity by removing the
obscurity that had veiled them. To the south of this plain, the long
perspective is crossed by further ranges of mountains, which open to
glimpses of others still beyond; an endless succession of summits, that
lead on the imagination to unknown vallies and regions of solitary

Amidst so many attractions of nature, art cannot do much. The little,
which it attempts, at Goodesberg, is the disposition of some walks
from the houses to a spring, which is said to resemble that at Spa,
and through the woods above it. Twice a week there are some musical
performances and a ball given by the Elector, who frequently
appears, and with the ease and plainness of a private gentleman. At
these entertainments the company, visiting the spring, are joined by
neighbouring families, so as to be in number sixty, or a hundred. The
balls, agreeably to the earliness of German hours, begin at six; and
that, which we meant to see, was nearly concluded before our arrival.
The company then retired to a public game, at which large sums of gold
were risked, and a severe anxiety defied the influence of Mozart's
music, that continued to be played by an excellent orchestra. The
dresses of the company were in the English taste, and, as we were glad
to believe, chiefly of English manufacture; the wearing of countenances
by play appears to be also according to our manners; and the German
ladies, with features scarcely less elegant, have complexions,
perhaps, finer than are general in England.

Meditating censures against the Elector's policy, or carelessness,
in this respect, we took advantage of the last gleams of evening, to
ascend the slender and spiry mountain, which bears the name of the
village, and appears ready to precipitate the ruins of its antient
castle upon it. A steep road, winding among vineyards and dwarf wood,
enters, at the summit of the mountain, the broken walls, which surround
the antient citadel of the castle; an almost solid building, that has
existed for more than five centuries. From the area of these ruins
we saw the sun set over the whole line of plains, that extend to the
westward of Cologne, whose spires were distinctly visible. Bonn, and
the hill SANCTÆ CRUCIS, appeared at a league's distance, and the
windings of the Rhine gleamed here and there amidst the rich scene,
like distant lakes. It was a still and beautiful evening, in which no
shade remained of the thunder clouds, that passed in the day. To the
west, under the glow of sun-set, the landscape melted into the horizon
in tints so soft, so clear, so delicately roseate as Claude only could
have painted. Viewed, as we then saw it, beyond a deep and dark arch of
the ruin, its effect was enchanting; it was to the eye, what the finest
strains of Paisiello are to the heart, or the poetry of Collins is to
the fancy--all tender, sweet, elegant and glowing.

From the other side of the hill the character of the view is entirely
different, and, instead of a long prospect over an open and level
country, the little plain of Goodesberg appears reposing amidst wild
and awful mountains. These were now melancholy and silent; the last
rays were fading from their many points, and the obscurity of twilight
began to spread over them. We seemed to have found the spot, for which
Collins wished:

  "Now let me rove some wild and heathy scene,
  Or find some ruin 'midst its dreary dells,
  Whose walls more awful nod
  By thy religious gleams."
                              ODE TO EVENING.

And this is a place almost as renowned in the history of the country,
as it is worthy to exercise the powers of poetry and painting. The same
Ernest, in the cause of whose sovereignty the massacre of Neuss was
perpetrated, besieged here the same Gerard de Trusches, the Elector,
who had embraced the Protestant religion, and for whom Neuss held out.
The castle of Goodesberg was impregnable, except by famine, but was
very liable to that from its insulated situation, and the ease, with
which the whole base of the mountain could be surrounded. Gerard's
defence was rendered the more obstinate by his belief, that nothing
less than his life, and that of a beautiful woman, the marrying
of whom had constituted one of the offences against his Chapter,
would appease his ferocious enemies. He was personally beloved by
his garrison, and they adhered to him with the affection of friends,
as well as with the enthusiasm of soldiers. When, therefore, they
perceived, that their surrender could not be much longer protracted,
they resolved to employ their remaining time and strength in enabling
him to separate his fortunes from theirs. They laboured incessantly
in forming a subterraneous passage, which should open beyond the
besiegers' lines; and, though their distress became extreme before this
was completed, they made no overtures for a surrender, till Gerard and
his wife had escaped by it. The fugitives arrived safely in Holland,
and the vengeance of their adversaries was never gratified further than
by hearing, many years after, that they died poor.

The fortress, rendered interesting by these traits of fidelity and
misfortune, is not so far decayed, but that its remains exhibit much
of its original form. It covered the whole summit of the hill, and
was valuable as a residence, as well as a fortification. What seem
to have been the walls of the great hall, in which probably the horn
of two quarts was often emptied to welcome the guest, or reward the
soldier, are still perfect enough to preserve the arches of its
capacious windows, and the doorways, that admitted its festive trains.
The vast strength of the citadel has been unsubdued by war, or time.
Though the battlements, that crown it, are broken, and of a gallery,
that once encircled it half way from the ground, the corbells alone
remain, the solid walls of the building itself are unimpaired. At the
narrow doorway, by which only it could be entered, we measured their
thickness, and found it to be more than ten feet, nearly half the
diameter of its area. There has never been a fixed staircase, though
these walls would so well have contained one; and the hole is still
perfect in the floor above, through which the garrison ascended, and
drew up their ladder after them. Behind the loopholes, the wall has
been hollowed, and would permit a soldier, half bent, to stand within
them and use his bow. It was twilight without and night within the
edifice; which fancy might have easily filled with the stern and silent
forms of warriors, waiting for their prey, with the patience of safety
and sure superiority.

We wandered long among these vestiges of ancient story, rendered still
more interesting by the shadowy hour and the vesper bell of a chapel
on a cliff below. The village, to which this belongs, straggles half
way up the mountain, and there are several little shrines above it,
which the cottagers, on festivals, decorate with flowers. The Priest
is the schoolmaster of the parish, and almost all the children, within
several miles of the hill, walk to it, every day, to prayers and
lessons. Whether it is from this care of their minds, or that they are
under the authority of milder landlords than elsewhere, the manners
of the inhabitants in this plain differ much from those, usual in
Germany. Instead of an inveterate sullenness, approaching frequently
to malignity, they shew a civility and gentleness in their intercourse
with strangers, which leave the enjoyments derived from inanimate
nature, unalloyed by the remembrances of human deformity, that mingle
with them in other districts. Even the children's begging is in a
manner, which shews a different character. They here kiss their little
hands, and silently hold them out to you, almost as much in salute, as
in entreaty; in many parts of Germany their manner is so offensive,
not only for its intrusion, but as a symptom of their disposition,
that nothing but the remembrance of the oppression, that produces it,
can prevent you from denying the little they are compelled to require.

The music had not ceased, when we returned to the inn; and the
mellowness of French horns, mingled with the tenderness of hautboys,
gave a kind of enchantment to the scenery, which we continued to watch
from our windows. The opposite mountains of the Rhine were gradually
vanishing in twilight and then as gradually re-appearing, as the rising
moon threw her light upon their broken surfaces. The perspective in the
east received a silvery softness, which made its heights appear like
shadowy illusions, while the nearer mountains were distinguished by
their colouring, as much as by their forms. The broad Rhine, at their
feet, rolled a stream of light for their boundary, on this side. But
the first exquisite tint of beauty soon began to fade; the mountains
became misty underneath the moon, and, as she ascended, these mists
thickened, till they veiled the landscape from our view.

The spring, which is supposed to have some medicinal qualities, is
about a quarter of a mile from the rooms, in a woody valley, in which
the Elector has laid out several roads and walks. It rises in a stone
bason, to which the company, if they wish to drink it on the spot,
descend by an handsome flight of steps. We were not told its qualities,
but there is a ferrugineous tint upon all the stones, which it touches.
The taste is slightly unpleasant.

The three superior points of the Seven Mountains, which contribute
so much to the distinction of Goodesberg, are called Drakenfels,
Wolkenbourg and Lowenbourg, and have each been crowned by its castle,
of which two are still visible in ruins. There is a story faintly
recorded, concerning them. Three brothers, resolving to found three
distinguished families, took the method, which was anciently in use
for such a purpose, that of establishing themselves in fortresses,
from whence they could issue out, and take what they wanted from their
industrious neighbours. The pinnacles of Drakenfels, Wolkenbourg and
Lowenbourg, which, with all assistance, cannot be ascended now, without
the utmost fatigue, were inaccessible, when guarded by the castles,
built by the three brothers. Their depredations, which they called
successes in war, enriched their families, and placed them amongst the
most distinguished in the Empire.

They had a sister, named Adelaide, famed to have been very beautiful;
and, their parents being dead, the care of her had descended to them.
Roland, a young knight, whose castle was on the opposite bank of
the Rhine, became her suitor, and gained her affections. Whether the
brothers had expected, by her means, to form a more splendid alliance,
or that they remembered the ancient enmity between their family and
that of Roland, they secretly resolved to deny the hand of Adelaide,
but did not choose to provoke him by a direct refusal. They stipulated,
that he should serve, a certain number of years, in the war of
Palestine, and, on his return, should be permitted to renew his suit.

Roland took a reluctant farewell of Adelaide, and went to the war,
where he was soon distinguished for an impetuous career. Adelaide
remained in the castle of Drakenfels, waiting, in solitary fidelity,
for his return. But the brothers had determined, that he should not
return for her. They clothed one of their dependents in the disguise of
a pilgrim, and introduced him into the castle, where he related that he
was arrived from the holy wars, and had been desired by Roland in his
latest moments to assure Adelaide of his having loved her till death.

The unhappy Adelaide believed the tale, and, from that time, devoted
herself to the memory of Roland and to the nourishment of her sorrow.
She rejected all the suitors, introduced by her brothers, and accepted
no society, but that of some neighbouring nuns. At length, the gloom of
a cloister became so necessary to the melancholy of her imagination,
that she resolved to found a convent and take the veil; a design, which
her brothers assisted, with the view of placing her effectually beyond
the reach of her lover. She chose an island in the Rhine between her
brother's castle and the seat of Roland, both of which she could see
from the windows of her convent; and here she passed some years in the
placid performance of her new duties.

At length, Roland returned, and they both discovered the cruel device,
by which they had been separated for ever. Adelaide remained in her
convent, and soon after died; but Roland, emulating the fidelity of
her retirement, built, at the extreme point of his domains towards the
Rhine, a small castle, that overlooked the island, where he wasted
his days in melancholy regret, and in watching over the walls, that
shrouded his Adelaide.

This is the story, on which the wild and vivid imagination of Ariosto
is said to have founded his Orlando.


After spending part of two days at Goodesberg, we set out, in a sultry
afternoon, for the town of Andernach, distant about five-and-twenty
English miles. The road wound among corn-lands towards the Rhine, and
approached almost as near to the Seven Mountains, as the river would
permit. Opposite to the last, and nearly the tallest of these, called
Drakenfels, the open plain terminates, and the narrower valley begins.

This mountain towers, the majestic sentinel of the river over which
it aspires, in vast masses of rock, varied with rich tuftings of
dwarf-wood, and bearing on its narrow peak the remains of a castle,
whose walls seem to rise in a line with the perpendicular precipice,
on which they stand, and, when viewed from the opposite bank, appear
little more than a rugged cabin. The eye aches in attempting to scale
this rock; but the sublimity of its height and the grandeur of its
intermingled cliffs and woods gratify the warmest wish of fancy.

The road led us along the western bank of the Rhine among vineyards,
and corn, and thick trees, that allowed only transient catches of the
water between their branches; but the gigantic form of Drakenfels was
always seen, its superior features, perhaps, appearing more wild, from
the partial concealment of its base, and assuming new attitudes as
we passed away from it. Lowenberg, whose upper region only had been
seen from Goodesberg, soon unfolded itself from behind Drakenfels, and
displayed all its pomp of wood, sweeping from the spreading base in
one uninterrupted line of grandeur to the spiry top, on which one high
tower of the castle appears enthroned among the forests. This is the
loftiest of the Seven Mountains; and its dark sides, where no rock is
visible, form a fine contrast with the broken cliffs of Drakenfels. A
multitude of spiry summits appeared beyond Lowenberg, seen and lost
again, as the nearer rocks of the shore opened to the distance, or
re-united. About a mile further, lies the pleasant island, on which
Adelaide raised her convent. As it was well endowed, it has been
rebuilt, and is now a large and handsome quadrangle of white stone,
surrounded with trees, and corn, and vineyards, and still allotted to
the society, which she established. An abrupt, but not lofty rock, on
the western shore of the Rhine, called Rolands Eck, or Roland's Corner,
is the site of her lover's castle, of which one arch, picturesquely
shadowed with wood, is all that remains of this monument to faithful
love. The road winds beneath it, and nearly overhangs the narrow
channel, that separates Adelaide's island from the shore. Concerning
this rock there is an antient rhyme in the country, amounting to
something like the following:

  Was not Roland, the knight, a strange silly wight,
  For the love of a nun, to live on this height?

After passing the island, the valley contracts, and the river is soon
shut up between fruitful and abrupt hills, which rise immediately
over it, on one side, and a series of rocky heights on the other. In
the small space, left between these heights and the Rhine, the road
is formed. For the greater part of the way, it has been hollowed in
the solid rock, which ascends almost perpendicularly above it, on one
hand, and sinks as abruptly below it, to the river, on the other; a
work worthy of Roman perseverance and design, and well known to be
a monument of both. It was made during the reign of Marcus Aurelius
and Lucius Verus; and as the inscription, whose antiquity has not
been doubted, dates its completion in the year 162, it must have been
finished in one year, or little more, Marcus Aurelius having been
raised to the purple in 161. The Elector Palatine having repaired
this road, which the Electors of Cologne had neglected, in 1768, has
caused his name to be joined with those of the Roman Emperors, in the
following inscription upon an obelisk:

                                SUB M.
                              ET L. VERO
                              I. M. P. P.
                               ANNO CHR.
                             ELECTOR PAL.
                         DUX BAV. JUL. CL. M.
                             ET AMPLIAVIT
                            AN. M.DCCLXVIII
                        CURANTE JO. LUD. COMITE
                             DE GOLDSTEIN
                             PRO PRINCIPE.

We did not sufficiently observe the commencement and conclusion of
this road, to be certain of its exact length; but it is probably
about twelve miles. The rock above is, for the most part, naked to
the summit, where it is thinly covered with earth; but sometimes it
slopes so much as to permit patches of soil on its side, and these are
carefully planted with vines. This shore of the Rhine may be said to be
bounded, for many miles, by an immense wall of rock, through which the
openings into the country behind are few; and these breaks shew only
deep glens, seen and lost again so quickly, that a woody mountain, or a
castle, or a convent, were the only objects we could ascertain.

This rock lies in oblique _strata_, and resembles marble in its brown
and reddish tints, marked with veins of deeper red; but we are unable
to mention it under its proper and scientific denomination. The
colouring of the cliffs is beautiful, when mingled with the verdure of
shrubs, that sometimes hang in rich drapery from their points, and
with the mosses, and creeping vegetables of bright crimson, yellow, and
purple, that emboss their fractured sides.

The road, which the Elector mentions himself to have widened, is now
and then very narrow, and approaches near enough to the river, over
which it has no parapet, to make a traveller anxious for the sobriety
and skill of his postillion. It is sometimes elevated forty feet above
the level of the Rhine, and seldom less than thirty; an elevation from
whence the water and its scenery are viewed to great advantage; but to
the variety and grandeur of these shores, and the ever-changing form of
the river, description cannot do justice.

Sometimes, as we approached a rocky point, we seemed going to plunge
into the expanse of water beyond; when, turning the sharp angle of
the promontory, the road swept along an ample bay, where the rocks,
receding, formed an amphitheatre, covered with _ilex_ and dwarf-wood,
round a narrow, but cultivated level stripe: then, winding the furthest
angle of this crescent, under huge cliffs, we saw the river beyond,
shut in by the folding bases of more distant promontories, assume the
form of a lake, amidst wild and romantic landscapes. Having doubled one
of these capes, the prospect opened in long perspective, and the green
waters of the Rhine appeared in all their majesty, flowing rapidly
between ranges of marbled rocks, and a succession of woody steeps, and
overlooked by a multitude of spiry summits, which distance had sweetly
coloured with the blue and purple tints of air.

The retrospect of the river, too, was often enchanting, and the Seven
Mountains long maintained their dignity in the scene, superior to many
intervening heights; the dark summit of Lowenbourg, in particular,
appeared, for several leagues, overlooking the whole valley of the

The eastern margin of the river sometimes exhibited as extensive a
range of steep rocks as the western, and frequently the fitness of
the salient angles on one side, to the recipient ones on the other,
seemed to justify the speculation, that they had been divided by an
earthquake, which let the river in between them. The general state of
the eastern bank, though steep, is that of the thickest cultivation.
The rock frequently peeps, in rugged projections, through the thin
soil, which is scattered over its declivity, and every where appears
at top; but the sides are covered with vines so abundantly, that the
labour of cultivating them, and of expressing the wine, supports a
village at least at every half mile. The green rows are led up the
steeps to an height, which cannot be ascended without the help of
steps cut in the rock: the soil itself is there supported by walls of
loose stones, or it would fall either by its own weight, or with the
first pressure of rain; and sometimes even this scanty mould appears
to have been placed there by art, being in such small patches, that,
perhaps, only twenty vines can be planted in each. But such excessive
labour has been necessary only towards the summits, for, lower down,
the soil is sufficiently deep to support the most luxuriant vegetation.

It might be supposed from so much produce and exertion, that this
bank of the Rhine is the residence of an opulent, or, at least, a
well-conditioned peasantry, and that the villages, of which seven
or eight are frequently in sight at once, are as superior to the
neighbouring towns by the state of their inhabitants, as they are by
their picturesque situation. On the contrary, the inhabitants of the
wine country are said to be amongst the poorest in Germany. The
value of every hill is exactly watched by the landlords, so that the
tenants are very seldom benefited by any improvement of its produce.
If the rent is paid in money, it leaves only so much in the hands of
the farmer as will enable him to live, and pay his workmen; while the
attention of a great number of stewards is supposed to supply what
might be expected from his attention, had he a common interest with
his landlord in the welfare of the estate. But the rent is frequently
paid in kind, amounting to a settled proportion of the produce; and
this proportion is so fixed, that, though the farmer is immoderately
distressed by a bad vintage, the best will not afford him any means
of approaching to independence. In other countries it might be asked,
"But, though we can suppose the ingenuity of the landlord to be
greater than that of the tenant, at the commencement of a bargain,
how happens it, that, since the result must be felt, the tenant will
remain under his burthens, or can be succeeded by any other, on such
terms?" Here, however, these questions are not applicable; they
presume a choice of situations, which the country does not afford. The
severity of the agricultural system continues itself by continuing the
poverty, upon which it acts; and those who would escape from it find
few manufactures and little trade to employ them, had they the capital
and the education necessary for either. The choice of such persons is
between the being a master of day-labourers for their landlord, or a
labourer under other masters.

Many of these estates belong immediately to Princes, or Chapters,
whose stewards superintend the cultivation, and are themselves instead
of the farmers, so that all other persons employed in such vineyards
are ordinary servants. By one or other of these means it happens,
that the bounteousness of nature to the country is very little felt by
the body of the inhabitants. The payment of rents in kind is usual,
wherever the vineyards are most celebrated; and, at such places, there
is this sure proof of the wretchedness of the inhabitants, that, in
a month after the wine is made, you cannot obtain one bottle of the
true produce, except by favour of the proprietors, or their stewards.
How much is the delight of looking upon plenteousness lessened by the
belief, that it supplies the means of excess to a few, but denies those
of competence to many!

Between this pass of cultivated steeps on one side of the river,
and of romantic rocks on the other, the road continues for several
miles. Being thus commanded on both sides, it must be one of the most
difficult passages in Europe to an enemy, if resolutely defended. The
Rhine, pent between these impenetrable boundaries, is considerably
narrower here than in other parts of the valley, and so rapid, that
a loaded vessel can seldom be drawn faster than at the rate of six
English miles a day, against the stream. The passage down the river
from Mentz to Cologne may be easily performed in two days; that from
Cologne to Mentz requires a fortnight.

The view along this pass, though bounded, is various and changeful.
Villages, vineyards and rocks alternately ornament the borders of
the river, and every fifty yards enable the eye to double some massy
projection that concealed the fruitful bay behind. An object at
the end of the pass is presented singly to the sight as through an
inverted telescope. The surface of the water, or the whole stillness
of the scene, was very seldom interrupted by the passing of a boat;
carriages were still fewer; and, indeed, throughout Germany, you will
not meet more than one in twenty miles. Travelling is considered
by the natives, who know the fatigue of going in carriages nearly
without springs, and stopping at inns where there is little of
either accommodation or civility, as productive of no pleasure; and
they have seldom curiosity or business enough to recompense for its

We passed through two or three small towns, whose ruined gates and
walls told of their antiquity, and that they had once been held of some
consequence in the defence of the valley. Their present desolation
formed a melancholy contrast with the cheerful cultivation around them.
These, however, with every village in our way, were decorated with
green boughs, planted before the door of each cottage, for it was a day
of festival. The little chapels at the road-side, and the image, which,
every now and then, appeared under a spreading tree, were adorned with
wreaths of fresh flowers; and though one might smile at the emblems
of superstition, it was impossible not to reverence the sentiment of
pious affection, which had adjusted these simple ornaments.

About half-way to Andernach, the western rocks suddenly recede from the
river, and, rising to greater height, form a grand sweep round a plain
cultivated with orchards, garden-fields, corn and vineyards. The valley
here spreads to a breadth of nearly a mile and an half, and exhibits
grandeur, beauty and barren sublimity, united in a singular manner.
The abrupt steeps, that rise over this plain, are entirely covered
with wood, except that here and there the ravage of a winter torrent
appeared, which could sometimes be traced from the very summit of the
acclivity to the base. Near the centre, this noble amphitheatre opens
to a glen, that shews only wooded mountains, point above point, in
long perspective; such sylvan pomp we had seldom seen! But though the
tuftings of the nearer woods were beautifully luxuriant, there seemed
to be few timber trees amongst them. The opposite shore exhibited only
a range of rocks, variegated like marble, of which purple was the
predominating tint, and uniformly disposed in vast, oblique strata.
But even here, little green patches of vines peeped among the cliffs,
and were led up crevices where it seemed as if no human foot could
rest. Along the base of this tremendous wall, and on the points above,
villages, with each its tall, grey steeple, were thickly strewn, thus
mingling in striking contrast the cheerfulness of populous inhabitation
with the horrors of untamed nature. A few monasteries, resembling
castles in their extent, and known from such only by their spires, were
distinguishable; and, in the widening perspective of the Rhine, an old
castle itself, now and then, appeared on the summit of a mountain
somewhat remote from the shore; an object rendered sweetly picturesque,
as the sun's rays lighted up its towers and fortified terraces, while
the shrubby steeps below were in shade.

We saw this landscape under the happiest circumstances of season and
weather; the woods and plants were in their midsummer bloom, and the
mellow light of evening heightened the richness of their hues, and gave
exquisite effect to one half of the amphitheatre we were passing, while
the other half was in shadow. The air was scented by bean-blossoms, and
by lime-trees then in flower, that bordered the road. If this plain had
mingled pasture with its groves, it would have been truly Arcadian;
but neither here, nor through the whole of this delightful valley, did
we see a single pasture or meadow, except now and then in an island
on the Rhine; deficiencies which are here supplied, to the lover of
landscape, by the verdure of the woods and vines. In other parts of
Germany they are more to be regretted, where, frequently, only corn and
rock colour the land.

Fatigued at length by such prodigality of beauty, we were glad to be
shrouded awhile from the view of it, among close boughs, and to see
only the wide rivulets, with their rustic bridges of faggots and earth,
that, descending from among the mountains, frequently crossed our way;
or the simple peasant-girl, leading her cows to feed on the narrow
stripe of grass that margined the road. The little bells, that jingled
at their necks, would not suffer them to stray beyond her hearing. If
we had not long since dismissed our surprise at the scarcity and bad
quality of cheese and butter in Germany, we should have done so now,
on perceiving this scanty method of pasturing the cattle, which
future observation convinced us was the frequent practice.

About sun-set we reached the little village of Namedy, seated near
the foot of a rock, round which the Rhine makes a sudden sweep, and,
contracted by the bold precipices of Hammerstein on the opposite
shore, its green current passes with astonishing rapidity and sounding
strength. These circumstances of scenery, with the tall masts of
vessels lying below the shrubby bank, on which the village stands,
and seeming to heighten by comparison the stupendous rocks, that rose
around them; the moving figures of boatmen and horses employed in
towing a barge against the stream, in the bay beyond; and a group of
peasants on the high quay, in the fore ground, watching their progress;
the ancient castle of Hammerstein overlooking the whole--these were
a combination of images, that formed one of the most interesting
pictures we had seen.

The valley again expanding, the walls and turrets of Andernach, with
its Roman tower rising independently at the foot of a mountain, and
the ruins of its castle above, appeared athwart the perspective of
the river, terminating the pass; for there the rocky boundary opened
to plains and remote mountains. The light vapour, that rose from the
water, and was tinged by the setting rays, spread a purple haze over
the town and the cliffs, which, at this distance, appeared to impend
over it; colouring extremely beautiful, contrasted as it was by the
clearer and deeper tints of rocks, wood and water nearer to the eye.

As we approached Andernach, its situation seemed to be perpetually
changing, with the winding bank. Now it appeared seated on a low
peninsula, that nearly crossed the Rhine, overhung by romantic rocks;
but this vision vanished as we advanced, and we perceived the town
lying along a curving shore, near the foot of the cliffs, which were
finely fringed with wood, and at the entrance of extensive plains. Its
towers seen afar, would be signs of a considerable place, to those who
had not before been wearied of such symptoms by the towers of Neuss,
and other German towns. From a wooded precipice over the river we had
soon after a fine retrospective glimpse of the valley, its fantastic
shores, and long mountainous distance, over which evening had drawn
her sweetest colouring. As we pursued the pass, the heights on either
hand gradually softened; the country beyond shewed remote mountains
less wild and aspiring than those we had left, and the blooming tint,
which had invested the distance, deepened to a dusky purple, and then
vanished in the gloom of twilight. The progressive influence of the
hour upon the landscape was interesting; and the shade of evening,
under which we entered Andernach, harmonized with the desolation and
silence of its old walls and the broken ground around them. We passed
a drawbridge and a ruinous gateway, and were sufficiently fatigued
to be somewhat anxious as to our accommodation. The English habit of
considering, towards the end of the day's journey, that you are not far
from the cheerful reception, the ready attendance, and the conveniences
of a substantial inn, will soon be lost in Germany. There, instead of
being in good spirits, during the last stage, from such a prospect,
you have to consider, whether you shall find a room, not absolutely
disgusting, or a house with any eatable provision, or a landlady,
who will give it you, before the delay and the fatigue of an hundred
requests have rendered you almost incapable of receiving it. When your
carriage stops at the inn, you will perhaps perceive, instead of the
alacrity of an English waiter, or the civility of an English landlord,
a huge figure, wrapt in a great coat, with a red worsted cap on his
head, and a pipe in his mouth, stalking before the door. This is the
landlord. He makes no alteration in his pace on perceiving you, or,
if he stops, it is to eye you with curiosity; he seldom speaks, never
bows, or assists you to alight; and perhaps stands surrounded by a
troop of slovenly girls, his daughters, whom the sound of wheels has
brought to the door, and who, as they lean indolently against it, gaze
at you with rude curiosity and surprise.

The drivers in Germany are all bribed by the innkeepers, and, either
by affecting to misunderstand you, or otherwise, will constantly stop
at the door, where they are best paid. That this money comes out
of your pocket the next morning is not the grievance; the evil is,
that the worst inns give them the most, and a traveller, unless he
exactly remembers his directions, is liable to be lodged in all the
vilest rooms of a country, where the best hotels have no lodging so
clean and no larder so wholesomely filled as those of every half-way
house between London and Canterbury. When you are within the inn, the
landlord, who is eager to keep, though not to accommodate you, will
affirm, that his is the inn you ask for, or that the other sign is
not in the place; and, as you soon learn to believe any thing of the
wretchedness of the country, you are unwilling to give up one lodging,
lest you should not find another.

Our driver, after passing a desolate, half filled place, into which the
gate of Andernach opened, entered a narrow passage, which afterwards
appeared to be one of the chief streets of the place. Here he found a
miserable inn, and declared that there was no other; but, as we had
seen one of a much better appearance, we were at length brought to
that, and, though with some delay, were not ill accommodated, for the

Andernach is an antient town, and it is believed, that a tower, which
stands alone, at one end of the walls, was built by Drusus, of whom
there are many traces in walls and castles, intended to defend the
colonies, on this side of the Rhine, against the Germans, on the
other. The fortifications can now be of little other use than to
authorise the toll, which travellers pay, for entering a walled town;
a tax, on account of which many of the walls are supported, though it
is pretended, that the tax is to support the walls. By their means
also, the Elector of Cologne collects here the last of four payments,
which he demands for the privilege of passing the Rhine from Urdingen
to Andernach; and this is the most Southern frontier town of his
dominions on the western side of the Rhine, which soon after join
those of the Elector of Treves. Their length from hence to Rheinberg is
not less than ninety miles; the breadth probably never more than twenty.

There is some trade, at Andernach, in tiles, timber, and mill-stones,
but the heaps of these commodities upon the beach are the only visible
symptoms of the traffick; for you will not see one person in the place
moving as if he had business to attract him, or one shop of a better
appearance, than an English huckster's, or one man in the dress of a
creditable trader, or one house, which can be supposed to belong to
persons in easy circumstances. The port contains, perhaps, half a dozen
vessels, clinker built, in shape between a barge and a sloop; on the
quay, you may see two or three fellows, harnessing half a dozen horses
to a tow line, while twenty more watch their lingering manœuvres, and
this may probably be the morning's business of the town. Those, who are
concerned in it, say that they are engaged in _commerce_.

This, or something like it, is the condition, as to trade, of all the
towns we saw in Germany, one or two excepted. They are so far from
having well filled, or spacious repositories, that you can scarcely
tell at what houses there are any, till you are led within the door;
you may then wait long after you are heard, or seen, before the owner,
if he has any other engagement, thinks it necessary to approach you:
if he has what you ask for, which he probably has not, unless it is
something very ordinary, he tells the price and takes it, with as much
sullenness, as if you were forcing the goods from him: if he has not,
and can shew you only something very different, he then considers
your enquiry as an intrusion, and appears to think himself injured
by having had the trouble to answer you. What seems unaccountable
in the manners of a German trader, is, that, though he is so careless
in attending you, he looks as much distressed, as vexed, if you do
not leave some money with him; but he probably knows, that you can
be supplied no where else in the town, and, therefore, will not deny
himself the indulgence of his temper. Even when you are satisfied, his
manner is so ill, that he appears to consider you his dependent, by
wanting something which he can refuse. After perceiving, that this is
nearly general, the pain of making continual discoveries of idleness
and malignity becomes so much greater than the inconvenience of wanting
any thing short of necessaries, that you decline going into shops, and
wait for some easier opportunities of supplying whatever you may lose
upon the road.


It is one post from Andernach hither, over a road, as good as any in
England. Beyond the dominions of the Elector of Cologne, the face of
the country, on this side of the Rhine, entirely changes its character.
The rocks cease, at Andernach, and a rich plain commences, along
which the road is led, at a greater distance from the Rhine, through
corn lands and uninclosed orchards. About a mile from Andernach, on
the other side of the river, the white town of Neuwiedt, the capital
of a small Protestant principality, is seen; and the general report,
that it is one of the most commercial places, on the Rhine, appeared
to be true from the cheerful neatness of the principal street, which
faces towards the water. There were also about twenty small vessels,
lying before it, and the quay seemed to be wide enough to serve as a
spacious terrace to the houses. The Prince's palace, an extensive stone
building, with a lofty orangery along the shore, is at the end of this
street, which, as well as the greatest part of the town, was built, or
improved under the auspices of his father; a wise prince, distinguished
by having negotiated, in 1735, a peace between the Empire and France,
when the continuance of the war had seemed to be inevitable. The
same benevolence led him to a voluntary surrender of many oppressive
privileges over his subjects, as well as to the most careful protection
of commerce and manufactures. Accordingly, the town of Neuwiedt has
been continually increasing in prosperity and size, for the last fifty
years, and the inhabitants of the whole principality are said to be as
much more qualified in their characters as they are happier in their
conditions than those of the neighbouring states. But then there is
the _wretchedness_ of a deficiency of game in the country, for the late
Prince was guilty of such an innovation as to mitigate the severity of
the laws respecting it.

The forest hills, that rise behind Neuwiedt and over the rocky margin
of the river, extend themselves towards the more rugged mountains of
Wetteravia, which are seen, a shapeless multitude, in the east.

The river is soon after lost to the view between high, sedgy banks;
but, near Coblentz, the broad bay, which it makes in conjunction
with the Moselle, is seen expanding between the walls of the city
and the huge pyramidal precipice, on which stands the fortress of
Ehrenbreitstein, or rather which is itself formed into that fortress.
The Moselle is here a noble river, by which the streams of a thousand
hills, covered with vines, pour themselves into the Rhine. The antient
stone bridge over it leads to the northern gate of Coblentz, and the
entrance into the city is ornamented by several large chateau-like
mansions, erected to command a view of the two rivers. A narrow street
of high, but antient houses then commences, and runs through the
place. Those, which branch from it, extend, on each side, towards the
walls, immediately within which there are others, that nearly follow
their course and encompass the city. Being built between two rivers,
its form is triangular, and only one side is entirely open to the
land; a situation so convenient both for the purposes of commerce and
war, that it could not be overlooked by the Romans, and was not much
neglected by the moderns, till the industry of maritime countries and
the complicated constitution of the Empire reduced Germany in the scale
of nations. This was accordingly the station of the first legion,
and the union of the two rivers gave it a name; _Confluentia_. At
the commencement of the modern division of nations, the successors
of Charlemagne frequently resided here, for the convenience of an
intercourse between the other parts of the Empire and France; but,
in the eleventh century, the whole territory of Treves regained the
distinction, as a separate country, which the Romans had given it, by
calling the inhabitants _Treveri_.

Coblentz is a city of many spires, and has establishments of chapters
and monasteries, which make the great pride of German capitals, and
are sometimes the chief objects, that could distinguish them from the
neglected villages of other countries. The streets are not all narrow,
but few of them are straight; and the same pavement serves for the
horses of the Elector and the feet of his subjects. The port, or beach,
has the appearance of something more business than that of Andernach,
being the resort of passage-vessels between Mentz and Cologne; but
the broad quay, which has been raised above it, is chiefly useful as
a promenade to the visitors of a close and gloomy town. Beyond the
terrace stands the Elector's palace, an elegant and spacious stone
edifice, built to the height of three stories, and inclosing a court,
which is large enough to be light as well as magnificent. The front
towards the Rhine is simple, yet grand, the few ornaments being so well
proportioned to its size, as neither to debase it by minuteness, nor
encumber it by vastness. An entablature, displaying some allegorical
figures in bas relief, is supported by six Doric columns, which
contribute much to the majestic simplicity of the edifice. The palace
was built, about ten years since, by the reigning Elector, who
mentions, in an inscription, his attention to the architectural art;
and a fountain, between the building and the town, is inscribed with a
few words, which seem to acknowledge his subjects as beings of the
same species with himself; CLEMENS WINCESLAUS VICINIS SUIS.

But the most striking parts of the view from this quay are the rock
and fortress of Ehrenbreitstein, that present themselves immediately
before it, on the other side of the river; notwithstanding the breadth
of which they appear, to rise almost perpendicularly over Coblentz. At
the base of the rock stands a large building, formerly the palace of
the Electors, who chose to reside under the immediate protection of
the fortress, rather than in the midst of their capital. Adjoining it
is the village of Ehrenbreitstein, between which and Coblentz a flying
bridge is continually passing, and, with its train of subordinate
boats, forms a very picturesque object from the quay. The fortress
itself consists of several tier of low walls, built wherever there was
a projection in the rock capable of supporting them, or wherever
the rock could be hewn so as to afford room for cannon and soldiers.
The stone, taken out of the mass, served for the formation of the
walls, which, in some places, can scarcely be distinguished from the
living rock. Above these tier, which are divided into several small
parts, according to the conveniences afforded by the cliff, is built
the castle, or citadel, covering its summit, and surrounded by walls
more regularly continued, as well as higher. Small towers, somewhat in
the antient form, defend the castle, which would be of little value,
except for its height, and for the gradations of batteries between it
and the river. Thus protected, it seems impregnable on that side, and
is said to be not much weaker on the other; so that the garrison, if
they should be willing to fire upon Coblentz, might make it impossible
for an enemy to remain within it, except under the cover of very high
entrenchments. This is the real defence of the city, for its walls
would presently fall before heavy artillery; and this, it is believed,
might be preserved as long as the garrison could be supplied with

We crossed the river from the quay to the fortress, by means of the
very simple invention, a flying bridge. That, by which part of the
passage of the Waal is made at Nimeguen, has been already mentioned;
this is upon the same principle, but on a much larger scale. After
the barges, upon which the platform is laid, are clear of the bank,
the whole passage is effected with no other labour than that of the
rudder. A strong cable, which is fastened to an anchor at each side
of the river, is supported across it by a series of small boats; the
bridge has two low masts, one on each barge, and these are connected
at the top by a beam, over which the cable is passed, being confined
so as that it cannot slip beyond them. When the bridge is launched,
the rapidity of the current forces it down the Rhine as far as the
cable will permit: having reached that point, the force, received
from the current, gives it the only direction of which it is capable,
that across the river, with the cable which holds it. The steersman
manages two rudders, by which he assists in giving it this direction.
The voyage requires nine or ten minutes, and the bridge is continually
passing. The toll, which, for a foot passenger, is something less than
a penny, is paid, for the benefit of the Elector, at an office, on the
bank, and a sentinel always accompanies the bridge, to support his
government, during the voyage.

The old palace of Ehrenbreitstein, deserted because of its dampness,
and from the fear of its being overwhelmed by the rock, that sometimes
scatters its fragments upon it, is now used as a barrack and hospital
for soldiers. It is a large building, even more pleasantly situated
than the new one, being opposite to the entrance of the Moselle into
the Rhine; and its structure, which has been once magnificent, denotes
scarcely any other decay, than all buildings will shew, after a few
years' neglect. The rock has allowed little room for a garden, but
there are some ridiculous ornaments upon a very narrow strip of ground,
which was probably intended for one.

The only entrance into the fortress, on this side, is by a road,
cut in the solid rock, under four gateways. It is so steep, that we
were compelled to decline the honour of admission, but ascended it
far enough to judge of the view, commanded from the summit, and to
be behind the batteries, of which some were mounted with large brass
cannon. Coblentz lies beneath it, as open to inspection as a model upon
a table. The sweeps of the Rhine and the meanders of the Moselle, the
one binding the plain, the other intersecting it, lead the eye towards
distant hills, that encircle the capacious level. The quay of the city,
with the palace and the moving bridge, form an interesting picture
immediately below, and we were unwilling to leave the rock for the dull
and close streets of Coblentz. On our return, the extreme nakedness of
the new palace, which is not sheltered by trees, on any side, withdrew
our attention from the motley group of passengers, mingled with hay
carts and other carriages, on the flying bridge.

The long residence of the emigrant princes and noblesse of France in
this city is to be accounted for not by its general accommodations, or
gaieties, of which it is nearly as deficient as the others of Germany;
but first by the great hospitality of the Elector towards them, and
then by the convenience of its situation for receiving intelligence
from France, and for communicating with other countries. The Elector
held frequent levies for the French nobility, and continued for them
part of the splendour which they had enjoyed in their own country. The
readiness for lending money upon property, or employments in France,
was also so great, that those, who had not brought cash with them, were
immediately supplied, and those, who had, were encouraged to continue
their usual expences. We know it from some of the best possible
authority, that, at the commencement of the march towards Longwy,
money, at four per cent. was even pressed upon many, and that large
sums were refused.

Here, and in the neighbourhood, between sixty and seventy squadrons
of cavalry, consisting chiefly of those who had formerly enjoyed
military, or other rank, were formed; each person being mounted and
equipped chiefly at his own expence. We heard several anecdotes of
the confidence, entertained in this army, of a speedy arrival in Paris;
but, as the persons, to whom they relate, are now under the pressure of
misfortune, there would be as little pleasure as propriety in repeating

At Coblentz, we quitted, for a time, the left bank of the Rhine, in
order to take the watering place of Selters, in our way to Mentz.
Having crossed the river and ascended a steep road, near the fortress,
we had fine glimpses of its walls, bastions and out-towers, and the
heathy knolls, around them, with catches of distant country. The way
continued to lie through the dominions of the Elector of Treves, which
are here so distinguished for their wretchedness as to be named the
_Siberia of Germany_! It is paved, and called a _chaussée_; but those,
who have not experienced its ruggedness, can have no idea of it,
except by supposing the pavement of a street torn up by a plough, and
then suffered to fix itself, as it had fallen. Always steep, either
in ascent or descent, it is not only the roughness, that prevents
your exceeding the usual post-pace of three English miles an hour.
Sometimes it runs along edges of mountains, that might almost be called
precipices, and commands short views of other mountains and of vallies
entirely covered with thick, but not lofty forests; sometimes it buries
itself in the depths of such forests and glens; sometimes the turrets
of an old chateau peep above these, but rather confirm than contradict
the notion of their desolateness, having been evidently built for the
purposes of the chace; and sometimes a mud village surprises you with a
few inhabitants, emblems of the misery and savageness of the country.

These are the mountains of Wetteravia, the boundaries of many a former
and far-seen prospect, then picturesque, sublime, or graceful, but
now desolate, shaggy, and almost hideous; as in life, that, which
is so grand as to charm at a distance, is often found to be forlorn,
disgustful and comfortless by those, who approach it.


Six hours after leaving Coblentz, we reached Montabaur, the first
post-town on the road, and distant about eighteen miles. An ancient
chateau, not strong enough to be a castle, nor light enough to be a
good house, commands the town, and is probably the residence of the
lord. The walls and gates shew the antiquity of Montabaur, but the
ruggedness of its site should seem to prove, that there was no other
place in the neighbourhood, on which a town could be built. Though it
is situated in a valley, as to the nearer mountains, it is constructed
chiefly on two sides of a narrow rock, the abrupt summit of which is
in the centre of this very little place.

The appearance of Montabaur is adequate in gloominess to that of
several before seen; but it would be endless to repeat, as often as
they should be true, the descriptions of the squalidness and decay,
that characterise German towns; nor should we have noticed these so
often, if the negligence of others, in this respect, had not left us
to form deceitful expectations, suitable to the supposed importance of
several very conspicuous, but really very wretched cities.


Over a succession of forest mountains, similar to those just passed,
we came, in the afternoon, to Limbourg, another post-town, or,
perhaps, city, and another collection of houses, like tombs, or
forsaken hospitals. At an inn, called the Three Kings, we saw first the
sullenness and then the ferocious malignity of a German landlord and
his wife, exemplified much more fully than had before occurred. When we
afterwards expressed our surprise, that the magistrates should permit
persons of such conduct to keep an inn, especially where there was only
one, we learned, that this fellow was himself the chief magistrate, or
burgomaster of the place; and his authority appeared in the fearfulness
of his neighbours to afford any sort of refreshment to those, who had
left his inn. One of the Elector's ministers, with whom we had the
pleasure to be acquainted, informed us, that he knew this man, and that
he must have been intoxicated, for that, though civil when sober, he
was madly turbulent and abusive, if otherwise. It appeared, therefore,
that a person was permitted to be a magistrate, who, to the knowledge
of government, was exposed by his situation to be intoxicated, and
was outrageous, whenever he was so. So little is the order of society
estimated here, when it is not connected with the order of politics.

Near Limbourg, the forest scenery, which had shut up the view, during
the day, disappeared, and the country lost, at least, an uniformity
of savageness. The hills continue, but they are partly cultivated. At
a small distance from the town, a steep ascent leads to a plain, on
which a battle was fought, during the short stay of the French in this
district, in the campaign of 1792. Four thousand French were advancing
towards Limbourg; a small Prussian corps drew up to oppose them, and
the engagement, though short, was vivid, for the Prussians did not
perceive the superiority of the French in numbers, till the latter
began to spread upon the plain, for the purpose of surrounding them.
Being then compelled to retreat, they left several of the Elector's
towns open to contribution, from which five-and-twenty thousand florins
were demanded, but the remonstrances of the magistrates reduced this
sum to 8000 florins, or about 700l. The French then entered Limbourg,
and extended themselves over the neighbouring country. At Weilbourg,
the residence of a Prince of the House of Nassau, they required 300,000
florins, or 25,000l. which the Prince neither had, nor could collect,
in two days, through his whole country. All his plate, horses, coaches,
arms and six pieces of cannon, were brought together, for the purpose
of removal; but afterwards two individuals were accepted as hostages,
instead of the Prince himself, who had been at first demanded. The
action near Limbourg took place on the 9th of November, and, before
the conclusion of the month, the French had fallen back to Franckfort,
upon the re-approach of the Prussian and Austrian troops.


We had a curiosity to see this place, which, under the name of Seltzer,
is so celebrated throughout Europe, for its medicinal water. Though it
is rather in the high road to Franckfort than to Mentz, there seemed
no probability of inconvenience in making this short departure from
our route, when it was to be joined again from a place of such public
access as Selters appeared likely to be found.

About seven miles from Limbourg, a descent commences, at the bottom
of which stands this village. What a reproof to the expectation
of comfort, or convenience in Germany! Selters, a spot, to which a
valetudinarian might be directed, with the prospect of his finding not
only abundant accommodation, but many luxuries, Selters is literally
and positively nothing more than an assemblage of miserable cottages,
with one inn and two houses for officers of the Elector, stuck in a
dirty pass, which more resembles a ditch than a road. The village may
be said to be near half a mile long, because the huts, being mostly
separated from each other, continue as far; and this length would
increase its inconvenience to invalids, if such should ever stay there
longer than to see it, for there is nothing like a swept path-way, and
the road, in which they must walk, is probably always deeply covered
with mud, being so when we were there in the beginning of July. There
was then, however, not one stranger, besides ourselves, in the place,
and we found, that very rarely any aggravate the miseries of sickness
by a stay at Selters.

The only lodgings to be had are at the inn, and fortunately for
travellers this is not such as might be expected from the appearance of
the village. Finding there the novelty of an obliging host and hostess,
we were very well contented to have reached it, at night, though we
were to stay there also the next day, being Sunday. The rooms are as
good as those in the inns of German cities, and three, which are called
Court Chambers, having been used by the Elector and lately by the King
of Prussia, are better. These are as open as the others to strangers.

The spring is at the foot of one of several hills, which immediately
surround the village, and is separated from the road by a small court
yard. An oaken covering, at the height of ten or twelve feet, prevents
rain from falling into the wooden bason, in which the stream rises;
and two or three of the Elector's guards watch over it, that no
considerable quantity may be taken, without payment of the duty, which
forms a large part of his income. Many thousands of stone bottles are
piled round this court, and, for the reputation of the spring, care is
taken to fill them as immediately as possible, before their removal for

The policy of keeping this income intire is said to be a motive for
neglecting the condition of the village. A duty could not well be
demanded of those, who should drink at the spring, but is easily
collected before the water is bottled for removal; it is, therefore,
not wished, that there should be many visitors, at Selters. We did
not hear this reason upon the spot, but it is difficult otherwise
to account for a negligence, which prevents the inhabitants of the
neighbouring country from being enriched at the expence of wanderers
from others.

Nor is it only a duty, but the whole profit of the traffick, till the
water leaves the place, which rewards the care of the Elector. His
office for the sale of it is established here, and his agents alone
transmit it into foreign countries. The business is sufficient to
employ several clerks, and the number of bottles annually filled is so
immense, that, having omitted to write it down, we will not venture to
mention it from memory. The water is brought to table constantly and
at an easy price in all the towns near the Rhine. Mixed with Rhenish
wine and sugar it forms a delightful, but not always a safe beverage,
in hot weather. The acid of the wine, expelling the fixed air of other
ingredients, occasions an effervescence, like that of Champagne, but
the liquor has not a fourth part of the obnoxious strength of the
latter. The danger of drinking it is, that the acid may be too powerful
for some constitutions.

After being surprised by the desolateness of the village, we were not
less so to find amongst its few inhabitants one, whose manners and
information, so far from bearing the character of the dreariness around
him, were worthy of the best society in the most intelligent cities.
This was the Commissary and Privy Counsellor of the Elector for the
district, who, having heard, that there were some English visitors at
the well, very frankly introduced himself to us by his civilities, and
favoured us with his company in the afternoon. He had been in England,
with many valuable introductions, and had formed from the talents and
accomplishments of a distinguished Marquis an high opinion of the
national character; a circumstance, which probably united with his
natural disposition, in inducing him to emulate towards us the general
politeness of that truly honourable person.

When we enquired how the journey of the next day was to be performed,
it appeared, that no other carriage could be hired in the place than
a sort of one-horse chair, which would take us to the next post town,
from whence we might proceed with the usual chaises. The driver walked
at the side of this uncouth carriage, which had shafts and wheels
strong enough for a waggon; and, either by the mistake or intention of
his master in directing him, we were led, not to the post town, for a
chaise, if it could be had, but entirely through a forest country to
Mentz, by roads made only for the woodcutters, and, as it afterwards
proved, known to few others, except to our ingenious voiturier. We did
not pass a town, or village, at which it was possible to change the
carriage, and had, therefore, no other alternative, when the mistake
was discovered, than to return to Selters, or to proceed to Mentz, in
this inconvenient and ludicrous vehicle. We chose to proceed, and had
some reward for fatigue, by passing nearly an whole day under the shade
of deep and delightful forests, little tamed by the hand of man, and
appearing to acknowledge only "the season's difference."

Between Selters and these forests, the country is well cultivated, and
frequently laid out in garden-fields, in which there was the first
appearance of cheerful labour we had seen in Germany. After passing a
small town, on the summit of a hill to the left, still surrounded by
its antient fortifications, we entered a large plain, skirted, on one
side, by villages; another town, at the end of which, was almost the
last sign of an inhabited country, that appeared for several hours.
The forest then commenced, and, with the exception of one hamlet,
enveloped near the middle, we saw nothing but lofty oaks, elms and
chesnuts, till we emerged from it in the afternoon, and came to a town
of the Landgrave of Hesse Darmstadt. Roebucks are said to be numerous,
and wild boars not very scarce, in this forest; but we saw none either
here, or in those near Limbourg, which are much inferior to this in
beauty. Upon the whole, it was a scene of perfect novelty; without
which it now seems that we should have wanted many ideas of sylvan life
and much of the delight, excited by Shakespeare's exquisite description
of it.

The country afterwards opens towards


Which stands in a spacious plain, on the opposite edge of the Rhine,
and is visible, at a considerable distance, with its massy towers and
numerous spires. Within two or three miles of the city, the symptoms
of ruin, occasioned by the siege in 1793, began to appear. A village,
on the left, had scarcely one house entire; and the tower of the
church was a mere wreck, blackened by flames, and with large chasms,
that admitted the light. The road did not pass nearer to it than two
miles, but the broken walls and roofs were distinguishable even at that
distance, and sometimes a part, which had been repaired, contrasted its
colour with the black and smoky hues of the remainder. This was the
village of Kostheim, so often contended for in the course of the siege,
being on the opposite bank of the Rhine to the city, and capable of
obstructing the intercourse with it by water.

The country on the eastern side of the river was otherwise but little
damaged, if we except the destruction of numerous orchards; for the
allies were not strong enough to besiege the city on all sides at
once, and contented themselves with occupying some posts in this
quarter, capable of holding the garrison of Cassel in awe.

This Cassel is a small village exactly opposite to Mentz, and
communicating with it by a bridge of boats. It was unfortified before
the invasion of the French; but these had no sooner entered the city,
than they perceived the importance of such a place, and prepared
themselves to render it a regular fortress. In about two months they
completely surrounded it with earthen works and outworks, ditched and
pallisadoed. Some of the nearest orchards were cut down to be used in
these fortifications. The fruit trees still remain with their branches
upwards from the ditch, and serve instead of _chevaux de frise_.

The village of Hockheim, which is also on this side of the Rhine, is
further to the left than Kostheim, and remains uninjured, at the top
of the round and easy hill, the vines of which are so much celebrated
for their flavour, as to give a name to great quantities of wine,
produced in other districts. After the siege, the merchants of the
neighbourhood enhanced the price of their stocks by reporting, that all
the vineyards had been destroyed; but the truth is, that Hockheim was
not much contended for, and that little damage was done even to the
crops then in bloom. The village is advantageously situated about the
confluence of the Rhine and the Maine, and, if it had been nearer the
city, would probably have been so important, as to have been contested,
till it was destroyed.

This is the home ground of the scene, which spreads before the
traveller, who approaches Mentz from the eastern shore of the Rhine.
Furthest to the left is Hockheim, then the devastated village of
Kostheim, then the fortifications of Cassel, which, with the river,
are between him and the city. Beyond, the horizon is bounded on all
sides by gradual hills, distant and apparently fruitful; but those to
the north are pre-eminent, with gentle slopes at their feet, coloured
sweetly by corn, dark wood and gleams of reddish earth.

The works of Cassel render the approach to the city very tedious, for
they have been so contrived as that the road nearly follows them, in
all their angles, for the purpose of being commanded by many points
at once. The village was now garrisoned by Prussians, of whom, some
were lying under the sheds of their guard-house near the bridge, and
others were riding over it, with just speed enough to give one an idea
of military earnestness. Their horses shook the floor of the bridge of
boats, which here crosses the Rhine, at its breadth of nearly eight
hundred feet, and disturbed the promenade, for which it is usually
frequented in an evening. We followed them, admiring the expanse,
and rapidity of the river more than the appearance of the city, where
gloominess is too much mingled with grandeur; till, at the end of the
bridge, we were stopped at another guard-house, to answer the usual
enquiries. A soldier accompanied us thence to a large square filled
with cannon and mortars, where the captain of the guard examined our
passport. We were then very glad to pass the evening at an inn without
further researches; but there were some symptoms of the late condition
of the city to attract attention in the way.

The Elector's palace, which forms one side of this square, having been
converted into an hospital by the French, is still used as such, or
as a barrack, by the Prussians; and the windows were crowded with the
figures of half-dressed soldiers. Many of the cannon in the square
remained with the fractures, made by the balls of the besiegers. This
place communicates with a broad street, in which were many buildings,
filled with soldiers, and an handsome house, that, having belonged to
one of the Clubbists, was destroyed immediately after the expulsion of
the French. The walls still remain bare and open. Some greater ruins,
occasioned by fire, during the siege, were visible at a distance; and,
upon the whole, we had interest enough excited, as to the immediate
history of the place, to take little notice of the narrow and difficult
passages, through which we wound for half an hour, after leaving the
principal street.

The next morning, the friends, to whom we had letters, began to conduct
us through the melancholy curiosities, left in the city by the siege.
These are chiefly in the southern quarter, against which the direct
attack of the allies was made, and their approaches most advanced. Some
entire streets have been destroyed here, and were still in ruins.
A magnificent church, attached to a convent of Franciscan monks, is
among the most lamentable spectacles; what was the roof now lies in
heaps over the pavement; not a vestige of furniture, or decoration,
has escaped the flames, and there are chasms in the walls larger than
the noble windows, that once illuminated them. This church and convent
were set on fire by a bomb; and of the sick soldiers, who were lodged
in the latter, it is feared that but few were removed before the
destruction of the building. We next saw the remains of a palace, built
by the present Provost of the Chapter of Nobles; an institution, which
is so rich, that their Superior had a more elegant residence than the
Elector. It was of stone, and the principal front was in the Corinthian
order, six columns of which supported a spacious open gallery,
ornamented with statues, for its whole length. The wings formed
two sides of a square, which separated the palace from the street.
A profusion of the richest furniture and a valuable collection of
paintings filled the interior. Of the whole edifice little now remains
but the shattered walls of the centre, which have been so scorched as
to lose all appearance of having belonged to a splendid structure.
It was burnt the night before the fire of the Franciscan church, and
two nights after the French had removed their head quarters and their
municipality from it. On the day before the removal, a bomb had fallen
upon the French General Blou, destroying him on the spot, and mortally
wounding an officer, with whom he was conversing. The ruins are now so
accumulated over the court-yard, that we could not discern it to have
ever had that appendage of a distinguished residence.

But the church of Notre Dame was the most conspicuous of many ruined
objects. The steeple of this had been one of the grandest ornaments
of the city; a shower of bombs set fire to it; and, while it was thus
rendered an easy mark for the besiegers, their cannon played upon
and beat a great part of it to the ground. By its fall the roof of
the church was shattered, but the body did not otherwise suffer any
material injury. Wooden galleries have been raised round the remainder
of the steeple, not for the purpose of repairing, but for that of
entirely removing it; and, to save the trouble of letting down the
stones on the outside, a wooden pipe, or channel has been made, through
which they are lowered into the church. The appearance of this steeple,
which was once very large and lofty, is rendered striking by these
preparations for its total destruction.

The whole church is built of a stone, dug from the neighbouring hills,
the colour of which is so delicate a pink, that it might be supposed
to be given by art. The Elector's palace and several other public
buildings in the city are formed of this stone.

Passing through the gates on this side of Mentz, we came to a slope
near the river, and beyond the glacis of the place, which was then
partly covered with huge masses of stone scattered among the roots
of broken trees and shrubs, that had begun again to shoot their
verdure over the amputated trunks. This was the site of a palace of
the Elector, called, both from the beauty of its situation, and the
splendour of its structure, La Favorita. The apartments of the palace
and the terraces of the garden commanded extensive views of the Rhine
and the surrounding country ascending from its banks; and the gardens
themselves were so beautifully disposed as to be thought worthy of
the name of English. They were ornamented with pavilions, which had
each its distinct prospect, and with one music room in the thickest
part of the shrubbery. Of the building nothing is now visible but some
disjointed stones; and of the garden, only the broken trunks of trees.
The palace was burned and the gardens levelled by the French, that they
might not afford shelter to the Prussians, during the siege.

From this spot we were shewn the positions of the allied forces,
the course of their approaches and the chief outworks of the city.
Hockheim, Kostheim and Cassel lay before us, on the other side of the
river; a gentle rise on this side, at the distance of nearly a mile,
was the first station of the allies, part of whose force was covered
behind it; their last batteries were within two hundred and fifty paces
of the city. The ground had been since levelled, and was now covered
with standing corn, but the track of the trenches was, in some places,
visible. On the other hand, the forts, in which the strength of the
whole so much consists, were completely repaired, and had no appearance
of having been so lately attacked. They are five in number, and, being
raised at a considerable distance from the walls of the city, no
near approaches can be made, till some of them are either taken, or
destroyed; for they are said to be regular and strong fortifications,
capable of containing numerous garrisons, and communicating with the
city itself by passages, cut in the ground, through which they may be
constantly reinforced.

Only one of these five forts, that nearest to the river, was destroyed
in the late siege, which would have been much more tedious, but for
the want of provisions and medicines, that began to be felt in the
garrison. The walls of the city were almost uninjured, so that it has
not been thought necessary to repair them in the few places, where
balls may be perceived to have struck. The bombardment was the chief
annoyance of the garrison, who were not sheltered in caserns, and whose
magazines, both of ammunition and provision, were frequently destroyed
by it. Their numbers were also greatly reduced by sallies and by
engagements, on the other side of the Rhine, in defence of Cassel, or
in attack of part of an island, called the Bleiau.

We walked round the city upon what is termed the _glacis_, that is upon
the slope, which ascends from the plain towards the top of the ditch,
and which is the furthest of the defensive works, being very gradually
raised, that those, who are upon it, may be exposed, at every step, to
the fire from the walls. The forts, which are formed of solid earthen
works, covered with turf, would scarcely attract the notice of an
unmilitary eye, if the channelled passages to them did not issue from
this slope, and if the sentinels, stalking upon the parapets, did not
seem of a gigantic size, by having their whole figures raised against
the light.

Mentz was at this time the depôt of stores for the Prussian army on the
Rhine, and there were persons employed upon the _glacis_, in counting
heaps of cannon balls, which had been delivered from some neighbouring
foundery. On the bank of the river, others were throwing waggon-loads
of hay into large barges, on which it was piled to such an height, that
small passages were cut through it for the rowers to work in. There
were nine or ten barges so filled; and in these labours more activity
was apparent than in any other transactions we saw at Mentz.

Having passed round the city, between the walls and the forts, which
protect them, to the north, west and south, we came, at this latter
side, to some other signals of a theatre of war. Here had been a
noble alley of at least a mile and a half long, formed of poplars as
large and high as elms, and surrounded, on each side, by plantations,
intersected by small and irregular walks. Being led along the banks
of the Rhine, this alley, with its adjoining groves, afforded a most
delightful promenade, and was classed amongst the best ornaments, given
to the river, in its whole course. This also was destroyed upon the
approach of the besiegers, that it might not afford them shelter. The
trunks of the sturdy trees, cut at the height of one or two feet from
the ground, shew, by their solidity and the abundance of their vigorous
shoots, how long they might have flourished, but for this disaster.

An Englishman, walking amidst the ensigns of such artificial and
premature desolation, cannot help considering the natural security of
his country, and rejoicing, that, even if the strong and plain policy
of neglecting all foreign consequence, and avoiding all foreign
interests, except the commercial ones, which may be maintained by a
navy, should for ever be rejected, still his home cannot be invaded;
and, though the expence of wars should make poverty general, the
immediate horrors of them cannot enter the cities, or the cottages of
an island.

Great part of our time at Mentz was occupied by enquiries concerning
the siege, which was not so much a topic as we had expected to find
it. We probably heard, however, all that was to be told, and had a
German pamphlet recommended, containing the history of the place from
the first invasion of the French to their departure. The authenticity
of this was assured to us; and it is partly from it, partly from the
accounts given by our friends, that the following short narrative has
been extracted.

OF MENTZ IN 1792 AND 1793.

The entrance of a French army into Worms, in the beginning of October
1792, had excited a considerable alarm in Mentz, before the inhabitants
of the latter city received the accounts, which were not long wanting,
of express and avowed preparations for a march towards them. Great
numbers of French emigrants had been drawn to the city by the meeting
of the Emperor and the King of Prussia there, a few months before;
many had arrived since the dissolution of their army in Champagne;
and, during the approach of the Republican troops to Spires and Worms,
families were continually passing through the city, joining those, who
began to take their flight from it. The narrow streets were filled
with carriages, and the distressful haste of the travellers served to
depress the spirits of the inhabitants, who saw how little their
city was thought capable of defence. On the 15th of October, Baron
d'Albini, a counsellor of the Court, called the Burgesses together,
and admonished them to make preparations for their security; he also
enquired, whether they thought it prudent, that the Elector should
remain in the city with them? and, it being readily answered, that they
did not, the Elector set out for Wurtzburg, a town about 100 miles
distant, and was followed by the members of the government. At the same
time, a considerable emigration of the other inhabitants took place.

The approach of the French had been so little foreseen, till within
the few last weeks, that the garrison did not amount to a tenth part
of the war complement. The inhabitants, however, having happily had
little experience of sieges, did not know what this complement should
be, and, after the first alarm, began to think the deficiency might
be easily remedied. The Electoral troops, having sent some useless
detachments to Spires, amounted to only 968 men, to whom an hundred
were added, obtained from Nassau, Oranien, Weilburg, Bieberich and Fuld
by the Elector's demands of assistance from his neighbours. Two hundred
and seven Austrian hussars of Esterhazy had also arrived, on the 13th,
and all the inhabitants of the Rheingau, a populous district, bordering
upon the Rhine, were summoned to the assistance of the capital. The
antient society of Archers of the city laid down their bows for
musquets; the Academicians formed themselves into a corps, and were
placed, together with the Archers, at several outposts. The traders,
though exempt from personal service, and unwilling to surrender that
privilege, resolved to pay double watch-money for substitutes. It began
to be thought, that the threatened progress of the French had been
untruly reported; that the siege could not be commenced at that late
season of the year; and lastly, that some promised reinforcements of
Austrian troops could not be far off.

But, on the 19th of October, the French, in four columns, began to
surround the place. They wore, at first, white cockades, expecting to
be mistaken for the army of M. de Condé; they were, however, known,
and fired upon. Though some days had been passed in preparation, it
was now found, that there was little readiness for defence. The best
artillerymen had been lost at Spires; there were, at first, no horses
to draw the cannon, so that oxen were used for that purpose; the
nearest balls to the batteries of twenty-four pound cannon were cast
for twelve-pounders; and many of the musquet cartridges could not
be fired. In a few hours, however, several of the artisans applied
themselves to the making of cartridges; horses were supplied by the
servants of the Court and the Nobility, and all hands were, in some
way or other, employed. It was then reported, that a corps of Austrian
troops was in the neighbourhood, and, on the 19th, 1800 men entered the
city. These were recruits without ammunition, and, for the most part,
without arms, being on their march to join the army of the Emperor.
They were then under the command of two or three subalterns; but some
other Imperial officers came in from the neighbourhood, and arms were
obtained from the Elector's arsenal. After this reinforcement there
were probably about four thousand men in arms in the city.

With this force, it is allowed, that a much longer defence than was
made might have been expected; and, unless there was some failure of
the commander's attention, the treachery of an engineer, to whom the
surrender is imputed, could certainly not have been so effectual.
EIKENMAYER, this engineer, had, it seems, made known to the French
the commander's preparations for defence; intelligence, which, if the
preparations had been greater, could have been but little serviceable
to the assailants. His chief assistance was afforded to them by much
more conspicuous means; for, as the inhabitants went frequently to a
building called St. Stephen's Tower, to observe the progress of the
besiegers, he assured them, that the army, which really amounted only
to eleven thousand men, consisted of forty thousand; that they had
with them two-and-twenty waggons, laden with scaling ladders, and that
the city would presently be taken by storm. The same representations
of the besiegers' force were also made by him to the Council of War;
and these, it is said, determined them to the surrender, before the
French had raised a battery against the works.

Many of the citizens, however, were surprised and enraged at this
resolution; and the captain of the Austrian reinforcements expressed
his displeasure, at the Council House, where he declared, that he would
continue to defend the place, even without permission. In the mean
time, the capitulation was signed, and he was induced to submit to it
by the solicitations even of the citizens, by whom it was blamed, and
by their representations, that, in the present agitated temper of the
inhabitants, all attempts at defence must be useless.

Baron d'ALBINI carried news of the surrender to the Elector, at
Wurtzburg, and, about five o'clock, on the 21st of October, two French
officers came to the Council House, followed by two companies of
grenadiers. On the 22d, eight thousand French entered the city, the
other three thousand having marched, the preceding day, to Franckfort;
the inhabitants, astonished to find themselves taken by so small a
force, now saw, to their still greater surprise, that their conquerors
had scarcely any heavy cannon. This day was passed in assigning
quarters to the troops, and, on the next, Custine, the commander of the
French, called the members of the City Council together, to whom, in
a short speech, he promised the protection of persons and properties,
inviting them, at the same time, to promote the fraternization of the
inhabitants with the French nation. Professor BOHMER, who had accepted
the office of his Secretary, translated this address into German, and
it was circulated through the city.

It is remarkable, that the French had no sooner taken possession of
this sudden prize, than they began to foresee the probability of
being reduced to defensive measures, and to prepare for them. They
immediately collected contributions of forage and corn from the
neighbouring villages; the streets were rendered almost impassable by
the loads brought in; and, as the magazines were soon filled, great
quantities were wasted by being exposed to the rain in gardens, and
trodden under the feet of horses in the streets. The garrison was soon
increased to 20,000 men, of whom sometimes three hundred sometimes
five hundred were lodged in each convent. The French soldiery having
committed some excesses, Custine reproved their licentiousness, and
began to habituate them to discipline by ordering a retirement to their
quarters, at certain hours, by beat of drum.

The inhabitants soon began to suspect the contrivance and the persons,
that had produced the surrender; for Eikenmayer lived in intimacy with
Custine; Professor Metternich, of the Academy of Mentz, mounted the
French cockade; and the Elector's physician, having left the city,
upon a promise of assisting some peasants, whom he asserted to be
seized with an infectious fever, had carried on a correspondence with
the French, as had PATOKI, a merchant, born at Colmar, who had lately
received the right of citizenship.

The palaces of the Elector and the Provost were now ransacked; and,
though it had been published as a rule, that the property of private
individuals should not be touched, the houses of the nobility were
treated, as if they had belonged to the Prince. The profligacy and
pride of Custine became every day more conspicuous, and were oppressive
upon the garrison, as well as the inhabitants, though in a less degree.
Johannesberg, a village upon the Rhine, at the distance of a few miles,
is celebrated for its wines, which sell for three times the price of
those of Hockheim. Custine sent a part of the garrison solely to bring
him the wines from the cellars of the Prince of Fuld, who has a palace
there; but, a compromise being proposed, the negotiation was protracted
so long, that a Prussian corps, for which the Prince had sent, carried
Johannesberg, before the terms were concluded. The Prince saved his
money, and lost only eighteen barrels of wine, of which part was sent
to Paris, and the rest supplied the entertainments given by Custine.

Those of the Germans, who attached themselves to Custine, supplied him
with information of the state of the whole country. His Secretary,
Professor Bohmer, had begun the institution of a Club so early as
the 22d of October; but this society is thought to have become
inconvenient, and they soon after began to prepare for a National
Convention in Mentz.

In the mean time, Cassel was surveyed, and the fortifications, for
which Eikenmayer is said to have furnished the design, were commenced.
The neighbouring peasants were summoned to work at these, at the price
of fifteen French sous, or about seven pence halfpenny a day; and
intrenchments were thrown round Kostheim.

On the 17th of December, Custine published a proclamation, in which he
stated, that, whereas some persons had supposed the King of Prussia
to have so little respect for his character as to have invited him to
a surrender, none should presume, on pain of death, to speak of such
a measure, in future. This proclamation gave the inhabitants of Mentz
information, that the Prussians were approaching. Some German troops
had, indeed, begun by degrees to occupy the ground about Coblentz, but
in a condition, which did not promise active measures, being weakened
by a long march and by sickness; the Hessians posted themselves
between Hanau and Franckfort; and the Prussians advanced so near to the
latter city, that the scattered parties of the French retired to, and
at length lost it.

About this time, an Electoral Professor of Philosophy and a Canon of
Mentz, named Dorsel, who had left his posts, in the preceding year, to
be naturalized, at Strasbourg, returned with a design for an union of
Spires, Worms and Mentz into one territory, under the protection of the
French. He procured the substitution of a Municipality for the City
Council. He obtained considerable influence in the city; and, on the
1st of January 1793, when the three Commissioners of the Convention,
Reubell, Merlin and Haussman, entered Mentz, and were received by
Custine with military honours, they shewed more attention to the
Professor than to the General.

The Prussian head quarters had been established within a short
distance of Mentz; but, during all December, there had been only
affairs of advanced posts, so that some tranquillity prevailed in the
city. On the 6th of January, Hockheim was assailed by six thousand
Prussians; the French, however, had been informed of the preparations
for attack, and had time to retire to Kostheim and Cassel, leaving 112
prisoners and twelve pieces of cannon. Some French, who had concealed
themselves in the church tower, were thrown headlong from it, for
having shouted, or thrown stones at the King of Prussia, as he passed.

After this, another month passed, without hostile attempts on either
side. The Prussian troops were refreshed by rest; the French passed
the same time, partly in balls, to which all the ladies of Mentz
were invited, and partly in preparations for defence. On the 17th of
January, a small tree of liberty, which had been planted in November,
was removed, and a fir, seventy feet high, placed in its stead, with
much ceremony. All the inhabitants were pressingly invited, upon this
occasion; Messrs. Reubell, Merlin, Haussman and Custine attended; the
Mayor, Municipality, and the Members of the Clubs followed; the ensigns
of the former government were burned; Custine called upon the music of
the garrison for French airs, which occupied the rest of the day; and
the evening concluded with entertainments and dancing. Soon after, the
Commissioners left the city, and proceeded on a journey to the Moselle.

On the 16th of February, Custine published a proclamation, and two
new Commissioners, who had just arrived, issued another, founded upon
a decree of the French Convention, relative to the union of other
countries with France. The Council House was full from morning till
night; the assembled traders declared their adherence to the Germanic
system; and the new Commissioners seemed inclined to listen to their
remonstrances. But, when the three former Commissioners returned, they
treated the Deputies of the trades with great haughtiness, and refused
them permission to send agents to Paris. A second deputation, on the
22d of February, was no better received, and they were informed, that
the 24th was the day for the commencement of the new form. The traders
are described to have been much affected, at the return of their
Deputies. On the 23d of February, early in the morning, the author of a
remonstrance, which had been presented, was arrested and carried into
banishment, being accompanied by guards to the advanced posts of the
Prussians, at Hockheim.

The inhabitants now began to leave the city by passports, which
were, however, not easily procured, or used. A proclamation by the
Municipality divided Mentz into sections, and directed the manner, in
which each section should elect a representative, on the 24th. On that
day, the streets were unusually silent, all the former burgesses having
resolved to remain in their houses, except one, and only 266 persons
met to take the new oath and to make the new elections. On the 25th,
another proclamation came out, and several banishments succeeded; but
the burgesses still adhered to their resolution. The Municipality, on
the 1st of March, again invited them to take the new oaths, and gave
notice of an order of the Commissioners to the Mayor, to publish a
list of the sworn and unsworn, on the Monday or Tuesday following.
Notwithstanding this, the number of sworn did not equal 350.

Some of the neighbouring villages, which were visited by the French
Commissioners, accepted their terms; the greater part refused them.

At Worms, where clubs, similar to those at Mentz, had been formed, 1051
persons took the oaths. The inhabitants of Bingen refused them.

In the mean time, some expeditions were made into the Palatinate, and
corn, to the amount of sixty thousand florins, was taken away, before
the reiterated remonstrances of the Palatine Resident at Mentz, upon
the subject of his master's neutrality, could restrain them. In the
first days of February, the French had also entered Deux Ponts, where
the Duke relied so much upon his having supplied only his contingent
to the treasure of the Empire, that he had not left his palace, though
he knew of their approaches to his country. On the 9th, at eleven at
night, the Duke and Duchess fled, with the utmost precipitation, to
Manheim, having left the palace only one hour before the French
entered it. Great quantities of forage were swept away from this
country, and brought to Mentz, which the allies now approached so
nearly, that the garrison hastily completed the fortifications of
Cassel, and filled the magazines with stores, lest the communication
should be cut off by the destruction of the bridge.

On the 15th of February, they had begun to destroy the palace of _La
Favorita_, and to erect a battery upon its ruins. Though the carriage
of provisions now occupied so much of their attention, a great number
of large and small cannon were brought from Landau; fresh troops
arrived, and General Wimpfen, who had defended Thionville against the
King of Prussia, was declared the first in command. By banishments
and emigration, the number of persons in the city was reduced fifteen

The new National Assembly met in Mentz, on the 10th of March, that
city having chosen six deputies, Spires two, Worms two, and some other
places one each. On the 17th, they had their first sitting, and, on
the 18th, declared all the country between Landau and Bingen, which
places were then the limits of the French posts near the Rhine, united
in one independent state. On the 19th, was agitated the great question
relative to the connections of this state, and it was not till the
21st, that they declared their incorporation with the French. Three
deputies, FORSTER, PATOKI and LUCKS were appointed, the next day, to
carry this resolution to Paris; and several decrees, relative to the
interior administration of this state, were passed, in consequence of
which many persons were conducted over the bridge into banishment, on
the 30th.

Accounts now arrived, that the siege would shortly commence, and
orders were issued, relative to the prevention of fires, to the
collection of stores of provisions by each family, and to several
other domestic particulars. All the inhabitants, those especially in
the neighbourhood of the granaries, were directed to preserve large
quantities of water; and the proprietors of gardens within the city
were ordered to plant them with herbs. Officers were sent round to
examine these gardens. Already each family had been admonished to
provide subsistence for seven months; and the richer class were now
directed to furnish a loan to the burgesses, that the latter might be
enabled to provide for the poor. In consequence of this order, 38,646
florins 10 creitzers, or about 3200l. were collected, and expended for
provisions. The gardens and walks round the city were now dismantled of
their trees, of which those in the _Rheinallee_, before mentioned, were
an hundred years old. All the summer-houses and villas, within cannon
shot of the city, were destroyed.

On the 8th of March, the French garrison in the fortress of Konigstein,
which the Prussians had blockaded for some months, surrendered. In this
month also other advances were made towards Mentz. The Prussian General
Schonfield brought 12,000 men into the neighbourhood of Hockheim, near
which the Saxons were posted; the King of Prussia, his son and the Duke
of Brunswick, who had passed part of the winter at Franckfort, left
it, on the 23d of March; a bridge was laid, at St. Goar, over which
numerous bodies of Prussian troops passed the Rhine; the French fell
back towards Bingen, and the Prussians occupied a hill, not far from
it. On the 28th, they were closer pressed, and left all the villages in
the neighbourhood of Bingen, from which place they were driven, the
next day, by a bombardment.

At the same time, a similar retreat towards Mentz also took place from
the southward. At Worms, during the abandonment, great quantities of
hay and straw were burned, and the burgesses kept watch, all night,
dreading the conflagration of the whole city by the flames, rising from
the magazines. Immense masses of hay and straw were also burned at
Frankenthal, where there had been a garrison, during the whole winter;
but the corn was carried away. At Spires, early on the 31st of March,
the burgesses and troops were employed in throwing the hay and straw
from the magazines into the ditch; but it appeared that even this mode
would not be expeditious enough, and fire was at length set to the
whole store at once.

In the retreat from Oppenheim, though the French were under
considerable difficulties, they were upon the point of obtaining what
they would have thought an abundant reward for them. It was on the
30th of March, that their cavalry and flying artillery took the road
by Alsheim. As this was a place capable of making some defence, and
there were Prussian troops visible at the gates, they began the attack
by planting cannon, and directing a vigorous fire upon it. The King
of Prussia, who was at dinner in the town, and had not an hundred men
with him, received his first intelligence of their approach from this
fire. He immediately rode out, on the opposite side, and, sending some
hussars to the spot, the French did not continue the contest, but made
their retreat by another road. If they had known how few troops were
in the town, they would, of course, have entered it without commencing
this fire; and the Prussian officers agree, that, if they had done
so, there would have been little chance of saving their monarch. Had
they been aware also, that his Prussian Majesty was there, they might
have reduced this slight chance to an impossibility; for they were
sufficiently numerous to have surrounded the town, and had approached
so quietly, that they were not known to be near it. The Prussians had
no cannon, and the French were otherwise greatly superior; though,
having no other purpose for entering the town, than to continue their
retreat, they did not wait to contest it, but retired by another road.
That a circumstance, which would have had such an effect upon the
affairs of Europe, should have depended upon so slight a chance as
this, we could not have believed, if the story had not been confirmed
to us by ample authority.

The garrison of Mentz was increased by these retreats to 23,000 men;
General Kalkreuth, who commanded the blockade from Laubenheim to
Budenheim, a distance of twelve miles, had only 16,000 men. General
Schonfield, with his corps of observation, was at Hockheim. The
besiegers, however, presently amounted to 30,000 men. It is remarkable,
that, though the French retreated from several quarters, at once, and
in many small columns, not one of these was effectually interrupted by
the Prussian commander.

Upon intelligence of these advances, the Elector of Mentz paid a visit
to the King of Prussia, at his head quarters, and left his minister,
the Baron d'ALBINI, to attend to the affairs of the recovered places.

In the beginning of April, the blockade was more closely pressed, and
the preparations for the siege seriously commenced. General d'OYRÉ was
made commander in the city, with a Council of sixteen persons, to
assist him in restoring the means of its defence. A person was placed
at the top of an high building, called Stephen's Tower, with glasses,
which enabled him to overlook the country for nine miles round. He
had a secretary with him, that his view might never be unnecessarily
diverted, and was obliged to make a daily report of his observations.
The beating of drums and ringing of bells were forbidden throughout
the whole city, that the besiegers might not know in what quarters the
corps de garde were placed, or what churches were left without the
military. All prospect houses and trees within the walls, which could
serve as marks to the fire without, were ordered to be demolished. Many
days were passed in bringing further stores of provisions into the
city; after which an account of the stock was taken, and there were
found to be

     24,090 sacks of wheat.
      1,465 of other corn.
        996 of mixed grain.

Of which 26,551 sacks, it was stated, that 23,070 sacks of meal could
be made. To this was to be added in sifted meal of wheat 109 sacks, of
other corn 45 sacks, of mixed grain 10,076 sacks; making in all 33,300
sacks of meal. There were besides

                43,960 rations  of biscuit.
                 7,275 pounds   of rice.
                13,045          of dried herbs.
     Of forage, 10,820 quintals of hay.
                54,270          of straw.
                 1,518 sacks of oats.
                 2,503       of barley.

The Council estimated, that the garrison had corn enough for nine
months, rice for seven, and herbs for six. There were fifteen hundred
horses, and it was reckoned, that the straw was enough for ten
months, the oats for four-and-twenty days, and the barley for eighty
days. The garrison was numbered, and found to consist of 22,653
persons; of whom to each soldier was allotted, for the future, 24
ounces of bread, per day, in lieu of 28, and 4 ounces of fresh meat, or
3 ounces of salt, in lieu of 8 ounces of fresh. The allowance of the
sick in the hospitals was changed from twelve to eight ounces.

During these preparations for a long siege, the diminution of the
number of inhabitants, by means of the clubs, was pursued. On the 8th
of April, all persons, not useful to the army, were ordered to leave
the city, unless they would take the new oath; at the same time, it
was said, that on account of the foreseen want of money, the soldiers,
employed on the works, would be no longer paid, but the other workmen
would continue to receive their salaries.

The garrison made their first sortie, on the night of the 10th and
11th, proceeding towards the Rhine. Kostheim was immediately taken, and
the attack upon the Hessians succeeded, at first, but a reinforcement
compelled the French to retire. About this time, the Commissioner
Reubell went to Oppenheim, where he delivered a proposal for peace to
the King of Prussia.

The village of Weissenau was contended for, on the 15th, 16th and 17th,
and finally destroyed, the French soldiers, who remained upon the spot,
subscribing 460 livres for the inhabitants.

On the 18th, nearly the whole of a French convoy of 90 waggons was
taken by the Prussians. On the 20th the Imperialists erected a small
fort on a point of land, near the Main, and the French, on the other
hand, perfected a battery, at Kostheim, with which they set on fire
some stables.

The price of provisions was already so much increased in the city, that
salt butter cost 48 creitzers, or 16d. pence per pound.

In the night of the 28th and 29th, the French landed in three vessels,
and destroyed a battery, erected near the Main. On the 1st of May,
at one in the morning, they attacked the Prussians, at Hockheim, and
set the village of Kostheim on fire. The Prussians repulsed them with
loss, but they remained in Kostheim, notwithstanding the fire, which
continued for three days; they were then expelled by the Prussians,
but soon returned with reinforcements, and a sanguinary contest
commenced, at the end of which they continued to be masters of the
village. A numerous garrison was placed in it, which, on the 8th, was
again attacked by the Prussians, but without effect. Thus the greatest
part of May was spent in contests for villages and posts, in which the
French were generally the assailants. In the night of the 30th, they
beat up, in three columns, the Prussian head quarters, at Marienborn.
Having marched barefooted and with such exact information, that they
passed all the batteries unperceived, they entered the village itself,
without resistance, and, it is supposed, would have surprised the
commander, if they had not fired at his windows, beat their drums,
and begun to shout _Vive la Nation!_ Three balls, which entered the
apartment of General KALKREUTH, admonished him to quit it, and a
sentinel stepped up just in time to shoot a French soldier, who had
seized him. Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia immediately arrived with
some troops, and the French began to retire, leaving thirty prisoners
and twenty killed of 6000, engaged in the enterprise. The loss of the
Prussians was considerable; amongst the rest Captain Voss, a relative
of Mademoiselle Voss, well known in the Court of Prussia.

On the 4th of June, the allowance to the garrison was ordered to be two
pounds of bread and one bottle of wine for each soldier, per day.

In the night of the 6th and 7th, the cannonade was very fierce, on both
sides; in Mentz a powder magazine was fired by a bomb, and blew up with
a dreadful explosion.

The scarceness of provisions increased, so that a pound of fresh butter
cost six shillings. Horseflesh began to be consumed in many families.

On the night of the 9th and 10th of June, the garrison made four
sorties, which ended in considerable loss, on both sides, and in the
retirement of the French into the city. On the 10th, they attacked, at
eight in the morning, a post near Gonsenheim, retreating without loss,
after killing an officer and several men. This was their first sally
in open day-light.

General Meusnier, who had been wounded near Cassel, on the 7th, died on
the 13th, and was buried the next day, within the new fortifications,
all the officers of the garrison, with the members of the convention
and clubs, attending.

Some fire ships were now completed, which a Dutch engineer had
conducted from Holland, to be employed by the besiegers in burning the
bridge of boats over the Rhine. It was thought, however, that their
explosion would damage the city unnecessarily, and they were rejected.
In the night of the 15th, one of these floated down the river, whether
by accident, or by the connivance of the inventor, is not known; the
inhabitants were in the utmost terror, but it struck against the quay,
and, being immediately boarded, did no damage.

The trenches were opened, in the night of the 16th and 17th, but, the
workmen having been ill conducted, were not covered in, at day-light,
and were compelled to retire, leaving their implements behind them. Two
nights afterwards, the work was renewed in good order and without loss,
the King of Prussia, his sons and the Duke of Brunswick surveying them
from a neighbouring height. The first balls fell in a street near one
of the gates, and all that part of the town was presently deserted.

The 24th was a distressful day for the inhabitants. Four days before,
the King of Prussia had sent a general passport for such as chose to
come out, and 1500 persons, chiefly women and children, had accepted
his offer. A short time after the gate had been opened, dismay was
spread through the whole city by an account, that the Prussians would
suffer no more to pass and the French none to return. The bridge was
covered with these unhappy fugitives, who had no food, or shelter,
and who thought themselves within reach of the Hockheim batteries, that
played furiously upon the city. Two children lost their senses through
fright. At length, the French soldiers took compassion upon them; they
carried several persons into the city under their cloaks, and, the
next day, their remonstrances against the inhumanity of the German
clubbists, who had shut the gates against this defenceless crowd,
obliged them to permit the return of the whole number.

For several succeeding nights, the garrison made sorties, with various
effect, interrupting, but not preventing the completion of the parallel.

At sunset, on the 27th, the besiegers began a dreadful cannonade and
bombardment. On this night, the steeple of the church of Notre Dame
caught fire; and during the alarm, excited by an immense volume of
flame, arising in the midst of the city, the Austrians completely
carried the French posts, near Weissenau. The next night was equally
terrible to the inhabitants; the flames caught several parts of the
city, amongst others the cathedral; some of the magazines took fire,
and eleven hundred sacks of corn were burned. The church, formerly
belonging to the Jesuits, was much injured. The French, intending to
retaliate their last surprise upon the Austrians, made a fruitless
attack upon the Weissenau redoubt.

On the 29th of June, at mid-day, the French were driven from a point
of land, near the Main, called the Bleiau. In this affair, a vessel,
with 78 Prussians on board, drove from her anchor, owing to the
unskilfulness of the crew, and, during a fire, by which eight men were
killed, made towards the city. The Prussians were taken prisoners, and
exchanged the next day. At night, the bombardment was renewed; the
_Domprobstei_, or palace of the Provost, was burned and several of the
neighbouring residences; in other parts of the city, some houses were
reduced to ashes.

The next night, the church of the Franciscans and several other public
buildings were destroyed. A dreadful fire, on the night of the 2d
and 4th of June, consumed the chapel of St. Alban. Families in the
southern part of the city now constantly passed the night in their
cellars; in the day-time, they ventured into their usual apartments;
for the batteries of the besiegers were by far the most terrible, at
night, when the whole city was a sufficient mark for them, though their
works could scarcely be discerned by the garrison. In the day-time,
the exactness of the French gunners frequently did great injury to the
batteries, which, at night, were repaired and used with equal effect
against the city.

St. Alban's fort was now demolished, so that the besieged withdrew
their cannon from it. Elizabeth fort was also much damaged. A strong
work, which the French had raised, in prolongation of the _glacis_,
divided the opinions of the Prussian engineers. Some thought it should
be preserved, when taken, because it would command part of the town;
others, that it should be demolished. The latter opinion prevailed,
and, in the night of the 5th and 6th, General MANSTEIN was ordered
to make the attack with three battalions. He perfectly succeeded, as
to the nearest part of the work; but the other, on account of its
solid foundation, could not be entirely destroyed. In the mean time,
two battalions were sent, under cover of the darkness, to attack
the Zahlbach fort, a part of which they carried by storm; but the
reinforcements, immediately supplied by the garrison, obliged them to
retire. Two Prussian officers were killed; one wounded, and another,
with one-and-thirty men, taken. The Prussians lost in all 183 men; the
French had twelve killed and forty-seven wounded.

On the 6th of July, the French repaired the damaged fort, the distance
of it from the Prussians preventing the latter from hindering them.

At night, General Kleist carried the fort, at Zahlbach, by a second
attack, and demolished it; at the same time, some batteries of the
second parallel were perfected. The French could not support the
loss of this fort; on the 7th, they attacked the scite; carried it,
after a severe contest; and rebuilt it. At night, they were driven
back again and the fort entirely destroyed. In the same night they
were driven from Kostheim, after a furious battle, by the Prussian
General Schonfield. During this engagement, the rapid succession of
flashes and explosion of bombs seemed to fill the air with flame.
A Prussian detachment having been posted on the road to Cassel, in
order to prevent the garrison of that place from sending succour to
Kostheim, this road was so strongly bombarded by the French, that seven
bombs were frequently seen in the air at once. The loss was great, on
both sides, in this engagement, after which the Council in the city
resolved, to make no more attempts upon Kostheim, on account of the

The following night, the fire was less than usual, but a few bombs and
grenades fell in the city, where the inhabitants had now learned to
extinguish such as grounded, before their _fusees_ were consumed. They
also formed themselves into parties for the ready suppression of fires.
The next morning, the garrison saw the works of the besiegers brought
to within two hundred and fifty paces of the walls.

About this time, the sickliness of the garrison became apparent, and
General D'Oyré informed the Council, that, on account of this and of
the fatiguing service of the works, he feared the defence could not be
much longer continued. He lamented, that the troops of the line were so
few, and the others so inexperienced.

For several nights, the works of the besiegers were eagerly pushed,
but still they were not so forward, as had been expected. Some of the
besieging corps began to be sickly; the King of Prussia having resolved
to employ no more labourers, it was reckoned, that the soldiers, for
eight-and-forty hours of work, had only eighteen of rest. On the other
hand, they were assured, that the garrison must be equally fatigued,
since, in such an extensive fortification, none could be left long

The French had been, for some time, busied in forming what is called
a Fleche at the head of one of their forts, and this was thought
necessary to be destroyed. It was attacked in the night of the 12th and
13th by the Austrians; but so much time was passed in their operations,
that the French fell upon them, in great force, about two in the
morning, and beat them away, with loss. The Austrians were as little
employed as possible in services of this fort.

On the 13th of July, another battery was stormed by the Prussians; but,
as the officer, unlike the Austrians, advanced with too little caution,
his party was much hurt by some pieces of concealed cannon, and the
enterprise failed.

The night of the 13th and 14th was passed in much agitation by the
garrison and inhabitants. Several of the public buildings were set
fire to and burned by grenades. The works of the besiegers were now
greatly advanced. The garrison made five sorties in this night, and
were repulsed in all, losing an hundred men, while the besiegers lost
eight killed and one-and-thirty wounded.

On the 14th of July, a cessation of arms took place from seven o'clock
in the morning till one. In the city, the French celebrated their
annual fête; General d'OYRÉ and the troops took the oath, and MERLIN
delivered an address to them. In the Austrian camp, the Prince de CONDÉ
was received with a _feu de joye_. During this cessation, the soldiers
upon the different outposts entered into conversation with each other,
and the French boasted of the difficulties they laboured under from the
length of the siege.

At night, an affair at the Fleche cost the allies, who succeeded in
part, ninety men; the French confessed, that this work cost them in all
three hundred. The inhabitants of the city were again greatly alarmed,
their streets being covered with a shower of grenades. The laboratory
and a part of the Benedictine abbey were burned, and two explosions
took place at the former. The whole city shook with each report, and,
in the nearer parts, all the windows were broken and the doors burst
open. The remainder of the hay and straw was consumed in this fire; the
whole stock of other forage was reduced to a sufficiency for four days;
and the surgeon's stores were much damaged.

Still the Fleche prevented the besiegers from completing their second
parallel. It was, therefore, again attacked, on the night of the 16th
and 17th, Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia commanding at the assault,
in which he was one of twelve officers wounded. The Fleche was then
completely carried.

The next night was very industriously spent by the besiegers in forming
new batteries, and those of the second parallel were raised, before
there were cannon enough at hand to place upon them. The French
took advantage of this, and brought a part of theirs to bear, so as
to enfilade the parallel, with great effect; the Prussians almost
immediately losing an officer and forty men.

In the city, the sick had now increased so much, that six hundred men
were brought from Cassel, on the 17th, to re-inforce the garrison. On
the 18th, the commandant informed the Council, that there was a want
of fodder and such a loss of horses, by desertion, that there were not
cavalry enough left for service. The soldiers, who knew the deficiency
of medicines and other means of relief for the wounded, were unwilling
to be led to sorties. Though corn had not failed, flour, it appeared,
soon would, for some of the mills had been rendered unserviceable, for
the present, by shot, and others were deserted by the millers.

At night, after an unsuccessful attempt upon the Fleche, it was
resolved, that the garrison, which had hitherto scarcely suffered a
night to pass, without making some sorties, should, for the future,
adhere solely to defensive measures. Some engineers proposed to abandon
the whole line of forts, and others, that two of the largest should
be blown up. The General and Council, at length, confessed, that they
could not continue the defence, and assured the inhabitants, who
had declared themselves in their favour, that a longer delay of the
surrender would produce a more severe disposition of the besiegers
towards them, without increasing the chance of escaping it.

A negotiation, relative to the surrender, was now begun by D'OYRÉ,
in a letter, which partly replied to one from the Prussian commander
KALKREUTH, upon the subject of the departure of aged persons and
children from the city. Their correspondence continued till the 20th,
and several letters were exchanged, chiefly upon the question of the
removal, or detention of the inhabitants, who had attached themselves
to the French; it was then broken off, upon a disagreement, as to this
and some other points. The firing, on both sides, had in the mean time
continued, and the besiegers carried on the trenches, though these were
now such an easy mark for the garrison, that they lost an officer and
five-and-twenty men, in the night of the 19th and 20th. The next night,
the Dominicans' church in the city took fire, and six French soldiers
were buried under its ruins.

Upon a renewal of the intercourse, the fire slackened, on the
21st; but, on some delays in the negotiation, was threatened to be
recommenced. At length, the conditions of the surrender were settled,
and the negotiation signed, on the 22d of July, by the two Generals
Kalkreuth and D'Oyré; the former having rendered the capitulation
somewhat easier than was expected for the garrison, because the
Duke of Brunswick had only nineteen thousand men to cover the siege,
and Custine had forty thousand, which were near enough to attack
him. General KALKREUTH's orders are supposed to have been to obtain
possession of the place, upon any terms, that would give it him quickly.

At this time, the garrison, which, at the commencement of the siege,
had consisted of 22,653 men, was reduced to 17,038, having had 1959
killed, 3334 wounded, or rendered unserviceable by sickness, and having
lost 322 by desertion.

The loss of the besiegers is stated at about 3000 men.

The consumption of ammunition, on the part of the French, was found to
have been

  681,850 pounds of powder,
  106,152 cannon balls,
   10,278 bombs,
    6,592 grenades,
   44,500 pounds of iron,
  300,340 musquet cartridges;

and, during the siege, 107 cannon either burst, or were rendered
unserviceable by the besiegers' shot. Towards the conclusion, sixty
cannon also became useless by the failure of balls of the proper

On the 24th and 25th, the garrison marched out, MERLIN leading the
first column of 7500 men. The members of the Clubs, who would have
gone out with the troops, were pointed out by the other inhabitants
and detained; but the Elector had the magnanimity to think of no other
retaliation, than their imprisonment in a tower, near the Rhine, where
they have since remained.

There was now leisure to examine the city, and it was found, that six
churches were in ruins; that seven mansions of the nobility had been
burned, and that very few houses had escaped, without some damage.
The surrounding grounds were torn up by balls and batteries. The
works of Cassel were surrendered entire to the conquerors, and are an
important addition to the strength of Mentz, already reckoned one of
the strongest and largest fortifications in Europe. Between Cassel and
the ruins of Kostheim not a tree was to be seen. All the neighbouring
villages were more, or less, injured, being contended for, as posts, at
the commencement of the siege; and the country was so much disfigured,
that the proprietors of lands had some difficulty to ascertain their


Something has been already said of the present condition of this city:
upon a review it appears, that from the mention of churches, palaces,
burgesses, quays and streets, we might be supposed to represent it
as a considerable place, either for splendour, or commerce, or for
having its middle classes numerously filled. Any such opinion of Mentz
will be very incorrect. After two broad and somewhat handsome streets,
all the other passages in the city are narrow lanes, and into these
many of the best houses open, having, for the most part, their lower
windows barricadoed, like those of Cologne. The disadvantage, with
which any buildings must appear in such situations, is increased by
the neglected condition of these; for a German has no notion, that the
outside of his house should be clean, even if the inside is so. An
Englishman, who spends a few hundred pounds in a year, has his house in
better condition, as to neatness, than any German nobleman's we saw; a
Dutchman, with fifty pounds a year, exceeds both.

The Elector's palace is a large turreted building of reddish stone,
with one front towards the Rhine, which it commands in a delightful
point of view; but we did not hear, that it was so much altered, by
being now used as a barrack, as that its appearance can formerly have
been much less suitable than at present to such a purpose.

On the quay there is some appearance of traffic, but not much in
the city; so that the transfer of commodities from vessels of other
districts to those of the Electorate may be supposed to contribute
great part of the show near the river. The commerce is not sufficient
to encourage the building of warehouses over the quay. The vessels are
ill rigged, and the hulls are entirely covered with pitch, without
paint. About thirty of these, apparently from forty to seventy tons
burthen, were lying near the quay; and the war could scarcely have
diminished their usual number, so many being employed in carrying
stores for the armies.

The burgesses are numerous, and have some privileges, which render
their political condition enviable to the other inhabitants of the
Electorate. But, though these have invited manufacturers, and somewhat
encouraged commerce, there is not wealth enough in the neighbouring
country, to make such a consumption, as shall render many traders
prosperous. In point of wealth, activity and address, the burgesses of
Mentz are much below the opinion, which must be formed, while German
cities are described and estimated by their importance in their own
country, rather than by a comparison of their condition with that of
others. A trader, it will be allowed, is at least as likely to appear
to advantage in his business as in any other state. His intelligence
may surely be, in some degree, judged of by those, who deal with him;
and that we might know something of those of Mentz, we passed some of
the little time we were left to ourselves in endeavouring to buy
trifles at their shops.

The idleness and inadvertence we generally saw are difficult to be
conceived; perhaps, the trouble, experienced in purchasing a book,
may give an idea of them. We wanted the German pamphlet, from which
most of the above-mentioned particulars of the siege are extracted;
and, as it related to a topic so general within the place, we smiled,
when our friends said they would _assist_ us to procure it, during a
walk. Two booksellers, to whom we applied, knew nothing of it; and one
supposed, that an engraved view of the works would do quite as well.
Passing another shop, a young German gentleman enquired for it of the
master, who was at the door, and heard, that we might have it, upon our
return, in half an hour. The door, when we came back, was shut, and no
knocking could procure it to be opened; so that we were obliged to
send into the dwelling-house. When the shopman came, he knew nothing
of the book; but, being assured that his master had promised it, went
away, and returned with a copy in sheets. We paid for this, and left it
to be sewed, which was agreed to be done, in three hours. At that time,
it was not finished, but might be had in another hour; and, after that
hour, it was again promised, within two. Finally, it could not be had,
that night, but would be ready in the morning, and, in the morning, it
was still unfinished; we then went to Franckfort without it, and it was
sent after us by a friend. This was the most aggravated instance we saw
of a German trader's manners; but something like it may be almost every
where met with.

From such symptoms and from the infrequency of wealth among the middle
classes it is apparent, that Mentz could not have been important, as
to commerce, even if there had been no siege, which is here mentioned
as the cause of all deficiencies, and certainly is so of many. The
destruction of property, occasioned by it, will not be soon remedied.
The nobility have almost forsaken a place, where their palaces have
been either destroyed, or ransacked; the Prince has no residence there;
some of the Germans, who emigrated on account of the last siege, fled
into France; the war-taxes, as well as the partial maintenance of the
garrison, diminish what property remains; and all expenditure is upon a
reduced footing.

The contribution of the inhabitants towards a support of the garrison
is made by the very irksome means of affording them lodging. At the
best houses, the doors are chalked over with the names of officers,
lodged in them; which the servants dare not efface, for the soldiers
must know where to find their officers. In a family, whom we visited,
four officers and their servants were quartered; but it must be
acknowledged, that the former, so far from adding to this inconvenience
by any negligent conduct, were constantly and carefully polite. We,
indeed, never saw Prussian officers otherwise; and can testify,
that they are as much superior to those Austrians in manners and
intelligence, as they are usually said to be in military qualities.

Another obstruction, which the siege has given to the prosperity of
Mentz, consists in the absence of many members of the Noble Chapter;
an institution, which, however useless, or injurious to the country,
occasions the expenditure of considerable sums in the capital. That
of Mentz is said to be one of the richest of many similar Chapters
in Germany. From such foundations the younger sons of noble families
derive sometimes very ample incomes, and are but little restricted
by their regulations from any enjoyment of temporal splendour. Their
carriages and liveries vie with those of the other attendants at
Court; they are not prohibited from wearing the ornaments of orders
of knighthood; are very little enjoined to residence; are received
in the environs of the Court with military honours, and allowed to
reside in their separate houses. They may wear embroidery of gold, and
cloths of any colours, except scarlet, or green, which, as well as
silver lace, are thought too gay. Being thus permitted and enabled to
become examples of luxury, their residence in any city diffuses some
appearance of prosperity over it.

One of the largest buildings in Mentz is the arsenal, which fronts
towards the river, and attracts the attention of those, who walk upon
the quay, by having armed heads placed at the windows of the first
floor, which seem to frown, with Roman sternness, upon the passenger.
In one of the principal rooms within, a party of figures in similar
armour are placed at a council-board. We did not hear who contrived
them; but the heads in the windows may be mistaken for real ones, at
the distance of fifty yards.

The Elector of Mentz, who is chosen by a Chapter of twenty-four Canons,
and is usually one of their number, is the first ecclesiastical Prince
in the empire, of which he is also the Arch-chancellor and Director
of the Electoral College. In the Diet, he sits on the right hand of
the Emperor, affixes the seal of the Empire to its decrees, and has
afterwards the custody of them among the archives. His revenues, in a
time of peace, are nearly 200,000l. annually; but, during a war, they
are much less, a third part of them arising from tolls, imposed upon
the navigation of the Rhine. The vineyards supply another large part;
and his subjects, not interested in them, are but little taxed,
except when military preparations are to be made; the taxes are then as
direct as possible, that money may be immediately collected.

The fortifications of his chief city are as much a misfortune to his
country as they are an advantage to the rest of the Empire. Being
always one of the first objects, on this side of the Rhine, since an
enemy cannot cross the river, while so considerable a fortress and so
large a garrison as it may contain, might, perhaps, check their return,
the Electorate has been often the scene of a tedious warfare. From the
first raising of the works by Louis the Fourteenth, their strength has
never been fully tried. The surrender in 1792 was partly for the want
of a proper garrison, and partly by contrivance; even in 1793, when the
defence was so furious and long, the garrison, it is thought, might
have held out further, if their stores had been secured in bomb-proof
buildings. A German garrison, supported by an army, which should occupy
the opposite bank of the Rhine, might be continually reinforced and
supplied, so as to be conquered by nothing but the absolute demolition
of the walls.

The bridge of boats over the Rhine, which, both in peace and war, is so
important to the city, is now in a much better state than the French
found it, being guarded, at the eastern end, by the fortifications of
Cassel. Notwithstanding its great length and the rapidity of the river,
it is so well constructed, as to be much less liable to injury, than
might be supposed, and would probably sustain batteries, which might
defeat every attempt at destroying it by fireships. It is 766 feet
long, and wide enough for the passage of two carriages at once. Various
repairs, and the care of a daily survey, have continued it, since
1661, when it was thrown over the river.

The practice of modifying the names of towns so as to incorporate them
separately with every language, is no where more remarkable than with
respect to those of Germany, where a stranger, unless he is aware of
them, might find the variations very inconvenient. The German name
for what we call Mentz, is _Maynz_; the French, which is most used,
_Mayence_; and the Italian _Magontio_, by descent from the Roman
_Magontiacum_. The German synonym for Liege is _Luttich_; for Aix la
Chapelle, _Achen_; for Bois le Duc, _Herzogenbusch_; and for Cologne,
_Cöln_, which is pronounced _Keln_. The name borne by every town in the
nation to which it belongs, should surely be its name, wherever it is
mentioned; for the same reason, that words, derived into one language
from another, are pronounced according to the authority of their
roots, because the use of the primary term is already established,
and there can never be a decision between subsequent varieties, which
are cotemporary among themselves, and are each produced by the same
arrogance of invention.


We came hither by means of a passage boat, which we were told would
shew something of the German populace, but which displayed nothing so
much as the unskilfulness of the German sailors. Though they make this
voyage, every day, they went aground in the even stream of the Maine,
and during the calmest weather; fixing the vessel so fast by their
ill-directed struggle to get off, that they were compelled to bring the
towing horses to the side and tug backward with the stream. There
were an hundred people in the boat; but the expedient of desiring them
to remove from the part, which was aground, was never used. We heard,
that they seldom make the voyage, without a similar stoppage, not
against any shifting sand, but upon the permanent shelves of the river.

The distance is about four-and-twenty miles, but we were nine hours in
reaching Franckfort, the environs of which afford some symptoms of a
commercial and opulent city, the banks of the Maine being covered for
nearly the last mile with country seats, separated from each other by
small pleasure grounds.

There are gates and walls to Franckfort, but the magistrates do not
oppress travellers by a military examination at their entrance.
Having seen the worthlessness of many places, which bear ostentatious
characters either for splendour or trade, we were surprised to find
in this as much of both as had been reported. The quays were well
covered with goods and labourers; the streets nearest to the water are
lined with shops, and those in the middle of the city with the houses
of merchants, of which nearly all are spacious, and many magnificent.
Some, indeed, might be called palaces, if they had nobility for their
tenants; but, though the independence, which commerce spreads among
the middle classes, does not entirely deter the German nobility from a
residence here, the finest houses are the property of merchants.

In our way to the _Cigne Blanc_, which is one of the best inns, we
passed many of so good an appearance, that it was difficult to believe
there could be better in a German city. But Franckfort, which is the
pride of Germany, in this respect, has probably a greater number of
large inns than any other place of equal extent in Europe. The fairs
fill these, twice in a year, for three weeks, at each time; and the
order, which is indispensible then, continues at other periods, to the
surprise and comfort of strangers.

This city has been justly described by many travellers; and Doctor
MOORE has treated of its inhabitants with the ease and elegant
animation of his peculiar manner. We shall not assume the disadvantage
of entering upon the same subject after him. The inhabitants of
Franckfort are very distinct, as to manners and information, from the
other Germans; but they are so far like to those of our own commercial
cities, that one able account leaves scarcely any thing new to be seen,
or told, concerning them.

All their blessings of liberty, intelligence, and wealth are observed
with the more attention, because they cannot be approached, except
through countries afflicted by arbitrary power, ignorance and poverty.
The existence of such a city, in such a situation, is little less
than a _phenomenon_; the causes of which are so various and minute
as to make the effect, at first sight, appear almost accidental. The
jealousy of the neighbouring Princes towards each other, is the known,
and, certainly, the chief cause of its exterior protection against
each; the continuance of its interior liberties is probably owing
to the circumstance, which, but for that jealousy, would expose it
to subjection from without,--the smallness of its territory. Where
the departments of government must be very few, very difficult to be
rendered expensive to the public, and very near to their inspection,
the ambition of individuals can be but little tempted to contrive
encroachments upon the community. So complexly are the chief causes of
its exterior and interior independence connected with each other.

As to the first of these, it may, perhaps, be replied, that a
similar jealousy has not always been sufficient to protect similar
cities; and Dantzick is the recent instance of its insufficiency. But
the jealousy, as to Dantzick, though similar, was not equal to this,
and the temptation to oppose it was considerably greater. What would
the most capable of the neighbouring Princes gain by the seizure of
Franckfort? A place of strength? No. A place capable of paying taxes?
Yes; but taxes, which would be re-imposed upon commodities, consumed
partly by his own subjects, whose property is his own already, and
partly by those of his neighbours, to whose jealousy they would afford
an additional and an unappeasable provocation. Dantzick, on the
contrary, being a seaport, was, if not strong, capable of supplying
strength, and might pay taxes, which should not fall entirely upon its
neighbours, but upon the distant countries, that traffick with it. And
even to these considerations it is unnecessary to resort, unless
we can suppose, that despotism would have no effect upon commerce; a
supposition which does not require to be refuted. If a severe taxation
was introduced here, and, in so small a district, taxation must be
severe to be productive; if such a taxation was to be introduced,
and if the other advantage of conquest, that of a forcible levy of
soldiers, was attempted, commerce would vanish in silence before
the oppressor, and the Prince, that should seize the liberties of
Franckfort, would find nothing but those liberties in his grasp.

On the other hand, what are the advantages of permitting the
independence of such a city to the sovereigns, who have the power of
violating it? Those of a neutral barrier are well known, but apply only
to military, or political circumstances. The others are the market,
which Franckfort affords, for the produce and manufactures of all the
neighbouring states; its value as a banking _depôt_ and _emporium_,
in which Princes may place their money, without rendering it liable
to the orders of each other, or from which they may derive loans,
by negotiating solely and directly with the lenders; its incapacity
for offensive measures; and its usefulness as a place of meeting to
themselves, or their ministers, when political connections are to be

That the inhabitants do enjoy this independence without and freedom
within, we believe, not because they are asserted by treaties, or
political forms; of which the former might not have survived the
temporary interests, that concluded them, and the latter might be
subdued by corruption, if there were the means of it; but because they
were acknowledged to us by many temperate and discerning persons,
as much aloof from faction, as they were from the affectation, or
servility, that sometimes makes men boast themselves free, only because
they have, or would be thought to have, a little share in oppressing
others. Many such persons declared to us, that they had a substantial,
practical freedom; and we thought a testimony to their actual
enjoyments more valuable than any formal acknowledgments of their
rights. As to these latter securities, indeed, Franckfort is no better
provided than other imperial cities, which have proved their inutility.
It stands in the same list with Cologne, but is as superior to it in
government as in wealth.

The inhabitants having had the good sense to foresee, that
fortifications might render them a more desirable prize to their
neighbours, at the same time that their real protection must depend
upon other means, have done little more than sustain their antient
walls, which are sufficient to defend them against a surprise by
small parties. They maintain no troops, except a few companies of
city-guards, and make their contributions to the army of the Empire in
specie. These companies are filled chiefly with middle-aged men, whose
appearance bespeaks the plenty and peacefulness of the city. Their
uniforms, blue and white, are of the cut of those in the prints of
MARLBOROUGH'S days; and their grenadiers' caps are of the same peaked
sort, with tin facings, impressed with the city arms.

In wars with France, the fate of Franckfort has usually depended upon
that of Mentz, which is properly called the key of Germany, on the
western frontier. In the campaign of 1792, Custine detached 3000 troops
of the 11,000, with which he had besieged Mentz, and these reached
Franckfort, early in the morning of the 22d of October. NEUWINGER,
their commander, sent a letter to the magistrates from Custine,
demanding a contribution of two millions of florins, which, by a
negotiation at Mentz, was reduced to a million and a half, for the
present. Notice was accordingly given in the city, that the magistrates
would receive money at four per cent. interest, and, on the 23d,
at break of day, it began to flow in to the Council-house from all
quarters. Part was immediately given to NEUWINGER, but payment of the
rest was delayed; so that Custine came himself on the 27th, and, by
throwing the hostages into prison, obtained, on the 31st of October,
the remainder of the first million. For the second, the magistrates
gave security to NEUWINGER, but it was never paid; the Convention
disavowed great part of the proceedings of Custine, and the money was
not again demanded.

The French, during the whole of their stay, were very eager to spread
exaggerated accounts of their numbers. Troops were accordingly marched
out at one gate of the city, with very little parade, that they
might enter with much pomp and in a longer column, at the other.
The inhabitants, who were not expert at military numeration, easily
believed, that the first party had joined other troops, and that the
whole amounted to treble their real number. After the entry of the
Prussians, this contrivance was related by prisoners.

The number of troops, left in the city by Custine, on his retirement
from the neighbouring posts, in the latter end of November, was
1800 men, with two pieces of cannon. On the 28th, when the Prussian
Lieutenant Pellet brought a summons to surrender, Helden, the
commander, having sent to Custine for reinforcements and cannon, was
answered, that no men could be spared; and that, as to cannon, he
might use the city artillery. Helden endeavoured to remove this from
the arsenal; but the populace, encouraged by the neighbourhood
of the Prussians, rose to prevent him; and there might have been a
considerable tumult, if Custine had not arrived, on the 29th, and
assured the magistrates, that the garrison should retire, rather
than expose the place to a siege. The city then became tranquil, and
remained so till the 2d of December, when the inhabitants, being in
church, first knew by the noise of cannon, that the place was attacked.

General Helden would then have taken his two cannon to the gate, which
was contended for, but the inhabitants, remembering Custine's promise,
would permit no resistance; they cut the harness of the horses, broke
the cannon wheels, and themselves opened the gates to the Prussians, or
rather to the Hessians, for the advanced corps of the assailants was
chiefly formed of them. About 100 fell in this attack. Of the French
41 were killed; 139 wounded; and 800 taken prisoners. The remainder
of the 1800 reached Custine's army. A monument, erected without the
northern gate of the city, commemorates the loss of the 100 assailants,
on the spot, on which they fell.

Thus Franckfort, having happily but few fortifications, was lost and
regained, without a siege; while Mentz, in a period of six more months,
had nearly all its best buildings destroyed, by a similar change of

We stayed here almost a week, which was well occupied by visits, but
shewed nothing in addition to what is already known of the society
of the place. Manners, customs, the topics of conversation and even
dress, differ very slightly from those of London, in similar ranks; the
merchants of Franckfort have more generally the advantages of travel,
than those of England, but they have not that minute knowledge of
modern events and characters, which an attention to public transactions
renders common in our island. Those, who have been in England, or
who speak English, seem desirous to discuss the state of parliamentary
transactions and interests, and to remedy the thinness of their own
public topics, by introducing ours. In such discussions one error is
very general from their want of experience. The faculty of making a
speech is taken for the standard of intellectual power in every sort
of exertion; though there is nothing better known in countries, where
public speakers are numerous enough to be often observed, than that
persons may be educated to oratory, so as to have a facility, elegance
and force in it, distinct from the endowments of deliberative wisdom;
may be taught to speak in terms remote from common use, to combine
them with an unfailing dexterity of arrangement, and to invest every
thought with its portion of artificial dignity, who, through the
chaos of benefits and evils, which the agitation of difficult times
throws up before the eye of the politician, shall be able to see no
gleam of light, to describe no direct path, to discern no difference
between greater and lesser evils, nor to think one wholesome truth for
a confiding and an honest country. To estimate the general intellectual
powers of men, tutored to oratory, from their success in the practice
of it, is as absurd as to judge of corporeal strength from that of one
arm, which may have been rendered unusually strong by exercise and art.

Of the society at Franckfort, Messrs. Bethman, the chief bankers, seem
able to collect a valuable part; and their politeness to strangers
induces them to do it often. A traveller, who misses their table,
loses, both as to conversation and elegant hospitality, a welcome proof
of what freedom and commerce can do against the mental and physical
desolation otherwise spread over the country.

The assistance, which the mutual use of languages gives to a connection
between distant places, we were happy to see existing and increasing,
to the advantage of England, at Franckfort. At the Messrs. Bethmans',
one day, French was nearly excluded, the majority being able to
converse with nine or ten English, who were there, in their own
language. Of the merchants, who have not been in England, several speak
English, without difficulty, and the rising generation, it is said,
will be generally accomplished in it.

One of the luxuries of Franckfort is a _Cabinet Literaire_, which
is open to strangers by the introduction of members. There the best
periodical publications of the Continent are received, and their titles
immediately entered in a book, so that the reading is not disturbed
by conversation with the librarian. It excited our shame to hear, that
some contrivance had, for several months, prevented the society from
receiving a very valuable English publication.

After this, the Theatre may seem to require some notice. It is a
modern, but not an elegant building, standing in an area, that renders
it convenient of access, and nearly in the middle of the city. The
interior, which has been gaudily decorated, contains a pit, three rows
of boxes, that surround the audience part, and a gallery over them in
the centre. It is larger than the Little Theatre in the Haymarket, and,
in form, resembles that of Covent Garden, except that six or seven of
the central boxes, in each tier, encroach upon the oval figure by a
projection over the pit. The boxes are let by the year; the price of
admission for non-subscribers, is a florin, for which they may find
places in the box, engaged by their friends, or in the pit, which is
in the same proportion of esteem as that at an Opera-house.

The performances are plays and operas alternately; both in German;
and the music of the latter chiefly by German composers. The players
are very far beneath mediocrity; but the orchestra, when we heard it,
accorded with the fame of German musicians, for spirit and precision.
In these qualities even the wandering parties, that play at inns, are
very seldom deficient.

The stage was well lighted, but the other parts of the theatre were
left in duskiness, which scarcely permitted us to see the diamonds,
profusely worn by several ladies. Six o'clock is the hour of beginning,
and the performances conclude soon after nine.

The Cabinet Literaire and the Theatre are the only permanent places
of public amusement at Franckfort, which is, however, in want of no
more, the inhabitants being accustomed to pass much of their time
in friendly parties, at their houses. Though wealth is, of course,
earnestly and universally sought for in a place purely mercantile, we
were assured, that the richest persons, and there are some, who have
above half a million sterling, find no more attention in these parties
than others. This was acknowledged and separately boasted of by some
of the very rich, and by those who were comparatively poor. We are so
far able to report it for true, as that we could never discern the
least traces of the officiousness, or subserviency that, in a corrupt
and debased state of society, frequently point to the wealthiest
individuals in every private party.

These and many other circumstances would probably render Franckfort a
place of residence for foreigners, if the magistrates, either dreading
the increase of luxury, or the interference of strangers with their
commerce, did not prevent this by prohibiting them from being lodged
otherwise than at inns. It was with difficulty, that an English
officer, acting as Commissary to some of the German regiments, lately
raised upon our pay, could obtain an exemption from this rule, at the
request of the Hanoverian Minister.

Round the city, are several well-disposed walks, as pleasant as the
flatness of the nearer country will permit; and, at intervals, along
these, are the country houses of the merchants, who do not choose
to go beyond the city territories, for a residence. Saxenhausen, a
small town, on the other side of the Maine, though incorporated with
Franckfort, as to jurisdiction, and connected with it by a bridge, is
chiefly inhabited by watermen and other labourers.

We left Franckfort, after a stay of six days, fortified by a German
passport from M. de Swartzhoff, the Hanoverian Minister, who
obligingly advised us to be prepared with one in the native language
of the Austrian officers. At Mentz, the ceremonies of examination were
rendered much more troublesome than before, the Governor, General
Kalkreuth, happening to be in the great square, who chose to make
several travellers wait as if for a sort of review before him, though,
after all, nothing was to be said but "Go to the Commandant, who will
look at your passports." This Commandant was M. de Lucadou, a gentleman
of considerate and polite manners, who, knowing our friends in Mentz,
added to his confirmation of M. de Swartzhoff's passport an address to
M. de Wilde, the Intendant of some salt mines in Switzerland, which
he recommended to us to see. These circumstances are necessary to
be mentioned here, because they soon led to a disagreeable and very
contradictory event in our journey.

The next morning, we set out from Mentz, and were conducted by our
voiturier over a summer road, on the left bank of the Rhine, then
flowing with the melted snows of Switzerland.


This is the first town of the Palatinate, on arriving from the north;
and it bears marks of the devastation, inflicted upon that country, in
the last century, more flagrant than could be expected, when the length
of the intervening time, and the complete recovery of other cities from
similar disasters, are considered. Louis the Fourteenth's fury has
converted it from a populous city into little more than a picturesque
ruin. It was burned in 1668; and the walls, which remain in double, or
sometimes in treble circles, are more visible, at a distance, than
the streets, which have been thinly erected within them. Above all,
is the _Landscroon_, or crown of the country, a castle erected on an
eminence, which commands the Rhine, and dignifies the view from it, for
several miles. The whole city, or rather ruin, stands on a brow, over
this majestic river.

The gates do not now open directly into streets, but into lanes of
stone walls between vineyards and gardens, formed on the site of
houses, never restored, since the fire. The town itself has shrunk
from its antient limits into a few streets in the centre. In some of
the interstices, corn grows up to the walls of the present houses. In
others the ruins of former buildings remain, which the owners have not
been tempted to remove, for the sake of cultivating their sites. Of the
cathedral, said to have been once the finest on the Rhine, nearly all
the walls and the tower still exist; but these are the only remains
of grandeur in a city, which seems entirely incapable of overcoming in
this century the wretchedness it inherits from the last.

Had the walls been as strong as they are extensive, this place might
not improbably have endured a siege in the present age, having been
several times lost and regained. It was surrendered to the French,
without a contest, in the campaign of 1792. After their retreat from
Worms, and during the siege of Mentz, it was occupied by the Prussians;
and, in December 1793, when the allies retired from Alsace, the Duke
of Brunswick established his head-quarters in it, for the purpose of
covering the fortress. His army ovens remained near the northern gate,
in July 1794, when we passed through it. In October of the same year it
fell again into the hands of the French.

No city on the banks of the Rhine is so well seated for affording a
view of it as this, which, to the north, overlooks all its windings
as far as Mentz, and, southward, commands them towards Worms. The
river is also here of a noble breadth and force, beating so vehemently
against the watermills, moored near the side, that they seem likely to
be borne away with the current. A city might be built on the site of
Oppenheim, which should faintly rival the castle of Goodesberg, in the
richness, though not in the sublimity of its prospect.

From hence the road leads through a fertile country of corn and
vines, but at a greater distance from the river, to Worms, five or
six miles from which it becomes broad, straight, and bordered with
regularly-planted trees, that form an avenue to the city. Soon after
leaving Oppenheim, we had the first symptom of an approach to the
immediate theatre of the war, meeting a waggon, loaded with wounded
soldiers. On this road, there was a long train of carriages, taking
stores to some military _depôt_. The defacement of the Elector's arms,
on posts near the road, shewed also, that the country had been lately
occupied by the French; as the delay in cutting the ripe corn did, that
there was little expectation of their return.


The condition of Worms is an aggravated repetition of the wretchedness
of Oppenheim. It suffered something in the war, which the unfortunate
Elector, son-in-law of our James the First, provoked by accepting the
kingdom of Bohemia. Louis the Fourteenth came upon it next, and, in
1669, burned every thing that could be consumed. Nothing was restored,
but on that part, which was the centre of the antient city; and the
walls include, as at Oppenheim, corn and vineyards upon the ground,
which was once covered with houses, and which plainly appears to have
been so, from the lanes that pass between, and doors that open into the
inclosures. A much larger space is so covered, than at Oppenheim, for
you are some time in driving from the northern gate of the old city to
the first street of the present one.

On the right of the road stands the skeleton of the Electoral palace,
which the French burned in one of the late campaigns; and it is as
curious as melancholy to observe how the signs of antient and modern
desolation mingle with each other. On one hand is a palace, burned by
the present French; on the other, the walls of a church, laid open by
Louis the Fourteenth.

The first and principal street of the place leads through these mingled
ruins, and through rows of dirty houses, miserably tenanted, to the
other end of the city. A few others branch from it, chiefly towards the
Rhine, including sometimes the ruins, and sometimes the repaired parts
of churches; of which streets, narrow, ill-paved and gloomy, consists
the city of Worms. The French General, that lately wrote to Paris, "We
entered the fair episcopal city of Worms," may be supposed to have
derived his terms from a geographical dictionary, rather than from a
view of his conquest.

We were now in a place, occupied by part of the acting army of the
allies, which, if not immediately liable to be attacked, was to be
defended by the maintenance of posts, at a very short distance. Troops
passed through it daily, for the service of these posts. The noise
of every cannonade was audible, and the result of every engagement
was immediately known, for it might make an advance, or a retreat
necessary from Worms. The wounded men arrived, soon after the
intelligence, to the military hospitals of the Prussians. A city, so
circumstanced, seemed to differ but little from a camp; and we were
aware, for a few hours, of a departure from the security and order of
civil life.

The inn, which was not otherwise a mean building, was nearly destitute
of furniture; so that the owner was prepared to receive any sort of
guests, or masters. The only provision which we could obtain was bread,
the commonest sort of wine, and one piece of cold veal; for the city
was under military jurisdiction, and no guests were allowed to have
more than one dish at their table.

In the afternoon, we saw, for the first time, a crowd in a German city.
A narrow waggon, of which nearly all but the wheels was basket-work,
had arrived from the army, with a wounded officer, who lay upon the
floor, supported by his servant, but occasionally rose to return the
salutes of passengers. This was the Prince of Anhalt Plessis, who
had been wounded, in the morning, when the French attacked all the
neighbouring lines of the allies, and an indecisive engagement ensued,
the noise of which had been distinctly heard, at Worms. He was hurt in
the leg, and descended, with much difficulty, from the waggon; but did
not, for an instant, lose the elegance of his address, and continued
bowing through the passage to his apartment. No doubt was entertained
of his recovery, but there seemed to be a considerable degree of
sympathy, attending this young man.

We had not time to look into the churches, or numerous monasteries,
that yet remain, at Worms; the war appeared to have depopulated the
latter, for not a monk was to be seen. The cathedral, or church of
St. Mary and St. Peter, is one of the most antient sacred buildings
in Germany, having been founded at least as early as the commencement
of the seventh century. One of the prebends was established in 1033,
another in 1058. The Dominicans, Carmelites, Capuchins and Augustines
have each a monastery, at Worms; as have the Cistercians and the
Augustines a nunnery. A Protestant church was also consecrated, on the
9th of June 1744; something more than two hundred years, after the
ineffectual conference held here of Protestant and Catholic divines,
which Charles the Fifth interrupted, when Melancthon, on one side, and
Echius, on the other, had engaged in it, ordering them to resume their
arguments, in his presence, at Ratisbon. This meeting was five years
previous to the celebrated diet of Worms, at which Charles, having then
estimated the temporal strength of the two parties, openly shewed his
animosity to the Protestants, as Maurice of Saxony did his intriguing
ambition, by referring the question to the Council of Trent.

The Jews, at Worms, inhabit a separate street, and have a synagogue, of
great antiquity, their numbers having been once such as to endanger the
peace of the city; but, in 1689, when the French turned their synagogue
into a stable, they fled with the rest of the opulent inhabitants
to Holland. Those of the present day can have very few articles of
traffic, except money, the changing of which may have been frequent, on
account of the neighbourhood of France.

Worms is somewhat connected with English history, having been occupied
by the troops, which James the First uselessly sent to the assistance
of the proscribed Elector Palatine, when his just abhorrence of
continental wars was once, though tardily, overcome by the entreaties
of his daughter. Here too George the Second held his head-quarters,
from the 7th to the 20th of September 1743; on the 14th of which month,
Lord Carteret concluded, in his name, an offensive and defensive treaty
with the Ministers of Hungary and Sardinia.

This city, like Cologne, retains some affectation of the Roman form
of government, to which it was rendered subject by Cæsar, with the
title of _Augusta Vangionum_. The STADTMEISTER is sometimes called the
CONSUL, and the SCHULTHEIS, or Mayor, the PRÆTOR. But, in 1703, some
trivial tumult afforded a pretence for abolishing its little remains
of liberty, and the Elector Palatine was declared its protector. This
blow completed the desolation, which the disasters of the preceding
century had commenced; and a city, that was once called the market of
the Palatinate, as the Palatinate was reputed the market of Germany,
continues to exhibit nothing more than the ruins of its antient

Few of the present inhabitants can be the descendants of those, who
witnessed its destruction in 1689; for we could not find, that the
particulars of that event were much known, or commemorated by them,
dreadful and impressive as they must have been. A column of Louis
the Fourteenth's army had entered the city, in September of the
preceding year, under the command of the Marquis de Bonfleur, who soon
distressed the inhabitants by preparations for blowing up the walls
with gunpowder. The mines were so numerous and large, as to threaten
nothing less than the entire overwhelming of the city; but, being fired
at different times, the walls of the houses were left standing, though
they shook with almost every explosion. The artillery and balls had
been previously carried away to Landau, or Mentz, then possessed by
Louis. At length, on the 12th of May 1689, the Intendant sent the
melancholy news to the magistracy, that he had received orders from
his monarch to burn the whole city. Six days were allowed for the
departure of the inhabitants and the removal of their property; which
period was prolonged by their entreaties to nineteen. At the expiration
of these, on Ascension Day, the 31st of May, the French grenadiers
were employed from twelve o'clock, till four, in placing combustibles
about the houses and public buildings, against several of which large
heaps of hay and straw were raised. The word being then given, fire
was set to almost every house at once, and, in a few hours, the city
was reduced to ashes; the conflagration being so general and strong as
to be visible in day-light at the distance of more than thirty English
miles. Such was one of the calamities of a city, so unfortunately
situated, that the chapter of the cathedral alone proved a loss by
wars, previous to the year 1743, amounting to 1,262,749 florins.

The attention, due to so memorable a place, detained us at Worms, till
the voiturier talked of being unable to reach Manheim, before the gates
would be shut, and we let him drive vehemently towards


Another place, destroyed by Louis the Fourteenth, but restored upon a
plan so uniform and convenient, that nothing but a fuller population
is necessary to confirm its title of a flourishing city. The streets,
which intersect each other at right angles, are wide and exactly
straight; the houses are handsomely built, but the poverty or indolence
of the owners suffers them to partake of the air of neglect, which is
general in German habitations; and the streets, though spacious and
not ill-paved, had so few passengers, that the depopulation of the
place seemed to be rendered the more observable by its grandeur.

Yet it would be unfair to estimate the general prosperity of
Franckenthal by its present circumstances, even had we stayed long
enough to know them more accurately. This place had been occupied but
a few weeks before by the French army, who had plundered it, as well
as several other towns of the Palatinate, after the retreat of the
allies from Alsace, at the latter end of 1793. The inhabitants had, for
the most part, returned to their houses; but their commerce, which is
said to have been not contemptible, could not be so easily restored.
The manufactures of porcelain, cloths, silks, spangles, vinegar and
soap, of which some were established and all are protected by the
wise liberality of the Elector, though far from being answerable,
either in their capitals, or produce, to the English idea of similar
enterprises, command some share with England and France in supplying
the rest of Germany. One method of facilitating the operations of
trade the Elector has advantageously adopted here; that of instituting
a court upon the spot for the decision of all causes, in which the
traders are interested; and at his expence a navigable canal has been
formed from the town to the Rhine. Artists and merchants have also some
privileges, at Franckenthal, of which that of being exempt from the
military press is not the least.

This press, or levy, is the method, by which all the German Princes
return their contingents to the army of the Empire. The population of
every town and district in their dominions is known with sufficient
accuracy, and a settled number of recruits is supplied by each. When
these are wanted, notice is given, that the men of a certain age
must assemble and cast lots for the service. Those, who are drawn, may
find substitutes, but with this condition, that the deputy must be at
least as tall as his principal; a regulation, which makes the price
of substitutes depend upon their height, and frequently renders it
impossible for the principals to avail themselves of the permission. A
farmer in this neighbourhood, who was considerably above six feet in
height, could not obtain a substitute for less than a hundred louis

Another unpleasant condition is attached to this exchange: if the
substitute is disabled, or deserts, another must be supplied; and, if
he carries his arm or accoutrements away, these must be paid for by the
person, who sent him.

After a ride of a few miles, we reached


A small town, on the west bank of the Rhine, rebuilt in uniform
streets, like Franckenthal, having been destroyed by the same exertion
of Louis the Fourteenth's cruelty. Here also the modern French had
very lately been, and some of the ruins, left near the road by Louis,
appeared to have served them for kitchens in their excursion.

At the east end of the town, towards the Rhine, stands a chateau
of the Elector, built with modern, but not very admirable taste,
and commanding the distant river in several fine points of view. We
could not be admitted to see the inside, which is said to have been
splendidly decorated; for the French had just dismantled it of the

The road from hence to Manheim was bordered for its whole length, of
at least two miles, by rows of poplars, of which some still remain near
Oggersheim; but those within a mile and a half of Manheim have been
felled at one or two feet from the ground. This was done in December
1793, when the French began to advance from Landau, and were expected
to besiege Manheim, their operations against which might have been
covered, in some measure, by this noble alley.

Near the Rhine, the road is now commanded by two forts, of which one
was thrown up during the approach of the French, and completed in the
middle of the summer, with great care. These contribute much to the
present security of the city, which might otherwise be bombarded from
the opposite bank of the river, even by an enemy, who should not be
able and should not propose to attempt the conquest of the place. They
are ditched and pallisadoed, but, being divided from the body of the
city, by the Rhine, are, of course, without the communication, which
renders such works capable of a long defence. Round one of these forts,
the road now winds, entering a part of the works, near the bridge,
where there is a guard-house for the troops of the Elector.


It was twilight, when we approached Manheim; and the palace, the
numerous turrets and the fortifications had their grandeur probably
increased by the obscurity. The bridge of boats is not so long as that
at Mentz; but we had time enough in passing it to observe the extent of
the city, on the left of which the Neckar pours itself into the Rhine,
so that two sides are entirely washed by their streams. At the next
guard-house, where we were detained by the usual enquiries, the troops
were more numerous; and surely no military figures ever accorded so
well with the gloomy gates, and walls they guarded. The uniform of the
Palatine light troops is a close jacket of motley brown, and pantaloons
of the same that reach to their half-boots. They have black helmets,
with crests and fronts of brass, large whiskers, and their faces, by
constant exposure to the sun, are of the deepest brown that can be,
without approaching to black. As they stood singly on the ramparts, or
in groups at the gates, their bronze faces and Roman helmets seemed of
a deeper hue, than the gloom, that partly concealed their figures.

The entrance into Manheim, from the Rhine, is by a spacious street,
which leads directly into the centre of the city, and to a large
square, planted with limes, consisting, on one side, of public
buildings, and, on the other, of several noble houses, one of which
is the chief inn, called the _Cour Palatine_. This is the first city
in Germany, that can answer, by its appearance, the expectations of a
foreigner, who has formed them from books. Its aspect is truly that of
a capital and of the residence of a Court; except that in the day-time
a traveller may be somewhat surprised at the fewness of passengers and
the small shew of traffic, amidst such public buildings, and in streets
of such convenience and extent. The fairness, the grandeur and the
stateliness, which he may have seen attributed to other German cities,
till he is as much disgusted as deceived by every idea derived from
description, may be perceived in several parts of Manheim, and the
justness of disposition in all.

Nor is the beauty of the present city solely owing to the destruction
of the antient one by Louis the Fourteenth, in 1689, the year of
general devastation in the Palatinate. It was laid out in right lines,
though to a less extent, in the beginning of the seventeenth century,
when Frederic the Fifth laid the foundation of the fortifications,
behind which a town was built, that adopted the antient name of
Manheim, from a neighbouring one then in decay. These were the
fortifications and the town destroyed by the French in 1689. The plan
of both was but extended, when the present works were formed upon the
system of Cohorn, and the city by degrees restored, with streets,
which, intersecting each other at right angles, divide it into an
hundred and seven square portions. The number of the inhabitants,
exclusive of the garrison, was, in 1784, 21,858.

Some of the streets are planted with rows of trees, and there are
five or six open places, suitable for promenades, or markets. The
customhouse, which forms a side to one of these, is a noble stone
building, rather appearing to be a palace, than an office, except that
under the colonnades, which surround it, are shops for jewellery and
other commodities.

The Electoral palace, which opens, on one side, to the city, and, on
the other, to the ramparts, was built by the Elector Charles-Philippe,
who, in the year 1721, removed his residence hither from Heidelberg, on
account of some difference with the magistrates, or, as is said, of the
prevalence of religious disputes in that city. He began to erect it in
1720; but the edifice was not completed, till the right wing was added
by the present Elector, not to be used as a residence, but to contain
a gallery of paintings, cabinets of antiquities and natural history,
a library, treasury and _manege_. We passed a morning in viewing the
apartments in the other wing, all the paintings and books having been
removed from this, as well as great part of the furniture from the
whole palace, in the dread of an approaching bombardment. The person,
who shewed them, took care to keep the credit of each room safe, by
assuring us at the door, that it was not in its usual condition. The
Elector had been, for some months, at Munich, but the Duke and Duchess
of Deux Ponts and their family have resided in this palace, since their
retirement from Deux Ponts, in the latter end of the campaign of 1792.

The rooms are all lofty, and floored with inlaid work of oak and
chesnut; the ceilings, for the most part, painted; and the walls
covered with tapestry, finely wrought, both as to colour and design.
Some of this came from a manufactory, established by the Elector, at

The furniture, left in several of the rooms, was grand and antient, but
could never have been so costly as those, who have seen the mansions
of wealthy individuals in England, would expect to find in a palace.
The Elector's state-bed was inclosed not only by a railing, but by a
glass case to the height of the ceiling, with windows, that could be
opened at pleasure, to permit a conversation with his courtiers, when
compliments were paid literally at a levee. In the court of France,
this practice continued even to very late years, and there were three
distinct privileges of entrée, denoting the time, at which persons of
different classes were permitted to enter the chamber. In the Earl of
Portland's embassy for King William to Louis the Fourteenth, it was
thought a signal mark of honour, that he was admitted to his audience,
not only in the chamber, but within the rails; and there the French
Monarch stood with the three young Princes, his grandsons, the Count de
Tholouse, the Duke d'Aumont and the Mareschal de Noailles. The Duke
made his speech covered, after which the King entered into conversation
with him, for several minutes.

One room, at Manheim, was called the Silver Chamber, from the quantity
of solid silver, used about the furniture. Such articles as could be
carried away entire, had been removed, but the walls were disfigured by
the loss of the ornaments torn from them, on account of their value. In
several rooms, the furniture, that remained, was partly packed, to be
carried away upon the next alarm. The contents of the wardrobe were in
this state, and the interior of these now desolated apartments seemed
like the skeleton of grandeur. The beauty of the painted ceilings,
however, the richness of the various prospects, commanded by the
windows, and the great extent of the building sufficiently accounted
for the reputation, which this palace has, of being the finest in

It is built of stone, which has somewhat the reddish hue of that used
at Mentz, and, though several parts are positively disapproved by
persons of skill in architecture, the whole is certainly a grand and
sumptuous building.

The situation of Manheim and the scenery around it are viewed to
great advantage from the tower of the Observatory, in which strangers
are politely received by the Professor of Astronomy, whose residence
is established in it. From this are seen the fruitful plains of the
Palatinate, spreading, on all sides, to bold mountains, of which those
of Lorrain, that extend on the west, lose in distance the variety of
their colouring, and, assuming a blue tint, retain only the dignity
of their form. Among these, the vast and round headland, called the
_Tonnesberg_, which is in sight, during the greatest part of the
journey from Mentz to Manheim, is pre-eminent.

But the chain, that binds the horizon on the east, and is known by
the name of the _Bergstrasse_, or road of mountains, is near enough
to display all their wild irregularity of shape, the forest glens,
to which they open, and the various tints of rock and soil, of red
and purple, that mingle with the corn and wood on their lower steeps.
These mountains are seen in the north from their commencement near
Franckfort, and this line is never interrupted from thence southward
into Switzerland. The rivals to them, on the south west, are the
mountains of Alsace, which extend in long perspective, and at a
distance appear to unite with those of the Bergstrasse. Among the
numerous towns and villages that throng the Palatinate, the spires of
Oppenheim and Worms are distinctly visible to the north; almost beneath
the eye are those of Franckenthal, and Oggersheim, and to the southward
Spires shews its many towers.

In the nearer scene the Neckar, after tumbling from among the forests
of the Bergstrasse, falls into the Rhine, a little below the walls of
Manheim; and the gardens of a summer chateau belonging to the Elector
occupy the angle between the two rivers.

These gardens were now surrendered by the Prince to be the camp of
three thousand of his troops, detached from the garrison of the city,
which, at this time, consisted of nearly ten thousand men. In several
places, on the banks of the two rivers, batteries were thrown up, and,
near the camp, a regular fort, for the purpose of commanding both;
so that Manheim, by its natural and artificial means of defence, was
supposed to be rendered nearly unassailable, on two sides. On that of
Heidelberg, it was not so secure; nor could the others be defended by
a garrison of less than 15,000 men. It was on this account, that the
Elector detained ten thousand of his troops from actual service,
contrary, as is said, to the remonstrances of the Emperor, who offered,
but without success, to garrison his capital with Austrians. From the
observatory, the camp and the works were easily seen, and, by the help
of a Dollond telescope, the only optical instrument remaining, the
order of both was so exactly pointed out by our guide, that it was
not difficult to comprehend the uses of them. Military preparations,
indeed, occurred very frequently in Manheim. In the gardens of the
chief Electoral palace, extending to the ramparts over the Rhine,
cannon were planted, which were as regularly guarded by sentinels as in
the other parts of the fortifications.

All the gates of Manheim appear to be defended by fortifications of
unusual strength. Besides two broad ditches, there are batteries,
which play directly upon the bridges, and might destroy them in a few
minutes. The gates are guarded, with the utmost strictness, and no
person is suffered to enter them, after ten at night, without the
express permission of the governor. When a courier arrives, who wishes
to use his privilege of passing, at all hours, he puts some token
of his office into a small tin box, which is kept on the outside of
the ditch, to be drawn across it by a cord, that runs upon a roller
on each bank. The officer of the guard carries this to the governor,
and obtains the keys; but so much time is passed in this sort of
application, that couriers, when the nights are short, usually wait the
opening of the gates, which is soon after day-light, in summer, and at
six, or seven, in winter.

The absence of the Elector, we were assured, had much altered the
appearance of Manheim, where scarcely a carriage was now to be seen,
though there were traces enough of the gaiety and general splendour
of this little Court. Here are an Opera House, a German Comedy, an
Amateur Concert, an Electoral Lottery, an Academy of Sculpture and
Design, and an Academy of Sciences. The Opera performances are held
in a wing of the palace, and were established in 1742, but have not
attained much celebrity, being supported chiefly by performers from
the other Theatre. This last is called a national establishment, the
players being Germans, and the Theatre founded in 1779 at the expence
of the Elector. The Baron de Dahlberg, one of his Ministers, has the
superintendance of it. The Amateur Concert is held, every Friday,
during the winter, and is much frequented.

The Electoral Lotteries, for there are two, are drawn in the presence
of the Minister of Finances, and one of them is less disadvantageous
for the gamesters than is usual with such undertakings. That, which
consists of chances determined in the customary way, gives the
Elector an advantage of only five to four over the subscribers. The
other, which is formed upon the more intricate model of that of Genoa,
entitles the subscribers to prizes, proportioned to the number of times
a certain ticket issues from the wheel, five numbers being drawn out of
ninety, or rather five drawings of one number each being successively
made out of ninety tickets. A ticket, which issues once in these five
drawings, wins fifteen times the value of the stake; one, that should
be drawn each of the five times, would entitle the owner to have his
original stake multiplied by sixty thousand, and the product would
be his prize. The undertaker of this latter Lottery has the chances
immensely in his favour.

From the very large income, to which these Lotteries contribute a part,
the present Elector has certainly made considerable disbursements,
with useful purposes, if not to useful effects. Of his foundation are
the Academy of Sciences, which was opened in 1763, for weekly sittings,
and has proceeded to some correspondence with other Academies; the
German Society, established for the easy purpose of purifying and the
difficult one of fixing language; the Cabinet of Physics, or rather
of experimental philosophy, celebrated for the variety and magnitude
of its instruments, among which are two burning glasses of three feet
diameter, said to be capable of liquefying bodies, even bottles filled
with water, at 10 feet distance; the Observatory, of 108 feet high, in
which all the chief instruments were English; a Botanical Garden and
Directorship; an Academy of Sculpture, and a Cabinet of Engravings and
Drawings, formed under the direction of M. Krahe of Dusseldorff, in 400
folio volumes.

Of all these establishments, none of the ornaments, or materials,
that were portable, now remain at Manheim. The astronomical
instruments, the celebrated collection of statues, the paintings and
the prints have been removed, together with the Electoral treasure
of diamonds and jewels, some to Munich and some to other places of
security. But, though we missed a sight, which even its rarity would
have rendered welcome, it seems proper, after such frequent notice of
the barrenness of Germany, to mention what has been collected in one of
its chief cities.

The expectation of an attack had dismantled other houses, besides
the Elector's, of their furniture; for, in the Cour Palatine, a very
spacious, and really a good inn, not a curtain and scarcely a spoon was
left. _A cause de la guerre_ was, indeed, the general excuse for every
deficiency, used by those, who had civility enough to offer one; but,
in truth, the war had not often incroached upon the ordinary stock of
conveniencies in Germany, which was previously too low to be capable
of much reduction. The places, which the French had actually entered,
are, of course, to be excepted; but it may otherwise be believed, that
Germany can lose little by a war, more than the unfortunate labourers,
whom it forces to become soldiers. The loss of wealth must come
chiefly from other countries. A rich nation may give present treasure;
a commercial nation may give both present treasure and the means of
future competence.

The land near Manheim is chiefly planted with tobacco and madder,
and the landscape is enlivened with small, but neat countryhouses,
scattered along the margin of the Neckar. The neighbourhood abounds in
pleasant rides, and, whether you wind the high banks of the majestic
Rhine, or the borders of the more tranquil Neckar, the mountains of the
Bergstrasse, tumbled upon each other in wild confusion, generally
form the magnificent back ground of the scene.

On returning from an excursion of this kind at the close of evening,
the soldiers at the gates are frequently heard chanting martial
songs in parts and chorus; a sonorous music in severe unison with
the solemnity of the hour and the imperfect forms, that meet the
eye, of sentinels keeping watch beneath the dusky gateways, while
their brethren, reposing on the benches without, mingle their voices
in the deep chorus. Rude and simple as are these strains, they are
often singularly impressive, and touch the imagination with something
approaching to horror, when the circumstances of the place are
remembered, and it is considered how soon these men, sent to inflict
death on others, may themselves be thrown into the unnumbered heap of
the military slain.


An excellent road, sheltered for nine English miles by rows of high
poplars, conducted us through richly cultivated plains from Manheim to
Schwetzingen, a small village, distinguished by an Electoral chateau
and gardens. This was one of the pleasantest rides we had found in
Germany, for the road, though it exhibited little of either the wild
or picturesque, frequently opened towards the mountains, bright with
a variety of colouring, and then again was shrouded among woods and
plantations, that bordered the neighbouring fields, and brought faintly
to remembrance the style and mingled verdure of our native landscape.

Schwetzingen had been very lately the Austrian head-quarters, for the
army of the Upper Rhine, and some soldiers were still stationed near
the road to guard an immense magazine of wood; but there were otherwise
no military symptoms about the place.

The chateau is an old and inelegant building, not large enough to
have been ever used as a formal residence. The present Elector has
added to it two wings, each of six hundred feet long, but so low, that
the apartments are all on the ground floor. Somewhat of that air of
neglect, which can sadden even the most delightful scenes, is visible
here; several of the windows are broken, and the theatre, music-room,
and ball-room, which have been laid out in one of the wings, are
abandoned to dust and lumber.

The gardens, however, are preserved in better order. Before the palace,
a long vista of lawn and wood, with numerous and spacious fountains,
guarded by statues, display something of the old French manner; other
parts shew charming scenery, and deep sylvan recesses, where nature
is again at liberty; in a bay formed by the woods is an amphitheatre
of fragrant orange trees, placed in front of a light semi-circular
green-house, and crowned with lofty groves. Near this delicious spot,
extends a bending arcade of lattice-work, interwoven with vines and
many beautifully flowering plants; a sort of structure, the filagree
lightness of which it is impossible not to admire, against precept, and
perhaps, when general effect is considered, against necessary taste. In
another part, sheltered by the woods, is an edifice in the style of a
Turkish mosque, with its light cloistered courts, slender minarets, and
painted entrances, inscribed with Arabic mottos, which by the German
translations appear to express the pleasure of friendly conversation
and of indolence in summer. The gardens have this result of a judicious
arrangement, that they seem to extend much beyond their real limits,
which we discovered only by ascending one of the minarets. They are
open to the public, during great part of every day, under certain rules
for their preservation, of which copies are pasted up in several places.


At Schwetzingen the fine Electoral road concludes, and we began to
wind along the skirts of a forest on the left, having on the right
an open corn country, beyond which appeared the towers of Spires and
Philipsburg, of which the former was then the head-quarters of the
Austrian army, and the latter is memorable for having given birth to
Melancthon in 1491. Waghausel and Bruchsal are small posting places
in this route, at a village between which we had another instance of
the little attention paid to travellers in Germany. At a small inn,
noxious with some fumigation used against bugs, we were detained a
quarter of an hour, because the landlord, who had gone out after our
arrival, had not left word how much we should pay, and the poor old
woman, who, without shoes or stockings, attended us, was terrified when
we talked of leaving what was proper, and proceeding before his return.

About a mile beyond Bruchsal our postillion quitted the chaussée,
and entered a summer road, through the deep and extensive forest of
Carlsruhe, preserved by the Margrave of Baden for the shelter of
game. Avenues cut through this forest for nine or ten miles in every
direction, converge at his palace and city of Carlsruhe, as at a point.
Other cruelties than those of the chase sometimes take place in these
delightful scenes, for an amphitheatre has been formed in the woods,
where imitations of a Spanish bull feast have been exhibited; to such
horrid means of preventing vacuity of mind has a prince had recourse,
who is otherwise distinguished for the elegance of his taste, and the
suavity of his manners!

The scenery of this forest is very various. Sometimes we found our way
through groves of ancient pine and fir, so thickly planted that their
lower branches were withered for want of air, and it seemed as if the
carriage could not proceed between them; at others we passed under the
spreading shade of chesnuts, oak and walnut, and crossed many a cool
stream, green with the impending foliage, on whose sequestered bank one
almost expected to see the moralizing Jacques; so exactly did the scene
accord with Shakespeare's description. The woods again opening, we
found ourselves in a noble avenue, and saw the stag gracefully bounding
across it "to more profound repose;" while now and then a hut, formed
of rude green planks under some old oak, seemed, by its smoked sides,
to have often afforded a sheltered repast to hunting parties.

Near Carlsruhe the gardens of the Prince and then the palace become
visible, the road winding along them, on the edge of the forest, till
it enters the northern gate of the city, the uniformity of which has
the same date as its completion, the ground plot having been entirely
laid out between January and June 1715, on the 17th of which month the
Margrave Charles William laid the foundation stone.

The streets are accordingly spacious, light, and exactly straight; but
not so magnificent as those of Manheim, and still less enlivened with
passengers. Since the commencement of the war, the gaieties of the
Court, which afforded some occupation to the inhabitants, have ceased;
the nobility have left their houses; and the Margrave is contented
with the amusements of his library, in which English literature is
said to fill a considerable space.

Carlsruhe has the advantage of not being fortified; so that the
inhabitants are not oppressed by a numerous garrison, and strangers
pass through it, though so near the seat of war, without interruption.
It is less than Manheim by at least half, and has no considerable
public building, except the palace, from the spacious area before
which, all the streets proceed as _radii_, till their furthest ends
fill up the figure of a semicircle. The houses in the area, which
immediately front the palace, are built over a piazza interrupted only
by the commencement of the streets. The palace has, of course, an
unexampled advantage in the mixture of town and rural scenery in its
prospects, looking on one side through all the streets of the city, and
on the other through thirty-two forest alleys, cut to various lengths
of from ten to fifteen English miles each; few, however, of the latter
prospects are now commanded except from the upper windows, the present
Elector having entirely changed the style of the intervening gardens,
and permitted them to be laid out in the English taste, without respect
to the thirty-two intersections, that rendered them conformable with
the forest.

We passed part of two days at Carlsruhe, and were chiefly in these
gardens, which are of the most enchanting beauty and richness. The
warmth of the climate draws up colours for the shrubs and plants,
which we thought could not be equalled in more northern latitudes; two
thousand and seven hundred orange and lemon trees, loaded with fruit
and blossoms, perfumed the air; and choice shrubs, marked with the
Linnean distinctions, composed the thickets. The gardens, being limited
only by the forests, appear to unite with them; and the deep verdure
and luxuriance of the latter are contrasted sweetly with the tender
green of the lawns and plants, and with the variety of scarce and
majestic trees, mingled with the garden groves.

The palace is a large and sumptuous, though not an elegant edifice,
built of stone like all the rest of the city, and at the same period.
The Margrave generally resides in it, and has rendered it a valuable
home, by adding greatly to the library, filling an observatory with
excellent instruments, and preserving the whole structure in a
condition not usual in Germany. The spot, compared with the surrounding
country, appeared like Milton's Eden--like Paradise opened in the wild.

Beyond Carlsruhe the road begins to approach the Rhine, which we had
lost sight of near Manheim; and, though the river is never within view,
the country is considered as a military frontier, being constantly
patrolled by troops. Some of these were of the Prince of Condé's army
of emigrants, who have no uniform, and are distinguished only by the
white cockade, and by a bandage of white linen, impressed with black
_fleurs de lis_, upon the right arm. They were chiefly on foot, and
then wore only their swords, without fire-arms.

Near the road, a small party of Austrians were guarding a magazine,
before a tent, marked, like their regimentals, with green upon white.
Soon afterwards, our postillion drew up on one side, to permit a train
of carriages to pass, and immediately announced the _Prinz von Condé_,
who was in an open landau, followed by two covered waggons for his
kitchen and laundry, and by a coach with attendants.

He appeared to be between fifty and sixty; tall, not corpulent, and of
an air, which might have announced the French courtier, if his rank had
been unknown. A star was embroidered upon his military surtout, but
he had no guards, though travelling within the jurisdiction allotted
to him as a general officer. So little was the road frequented at this
period, that his was the second or third carriage we had met, except
military waggons, since leaving Mentz; a distance of more than eighty
English miles.

The road for the whole stage between Carlsruhe and Rastadt, about
fifteen miles, is planted, as seems customary in Germany between
the palaces of sovereigns, with lofty trees, of which the shade was
extremely refreshing at this season; the clouds of sand, that rose from
the road, would otherwise have made the heat intolerable.

The first house in Rastadt is the palace of the Margrave of Baden
Baden, brother of the Margrave of Baden Durlach, whose residence is at
Carlsruhe, a small and heavy building, that fronts the avenue, and is
surrounded with stone walls. The interior is said to be splendidly
decorated, and a chamber is preserved in the state, in which Prince
Eugene and Marshal Villars left it in 1714, after concluding the peace
between the Emperor and Louis the Fourteenth. The Prince of Baden,
being then a general in the service of the Emperor, had not been able
to escape the vengeance of Louis, whose troops in 1688 first plundered,
and then burnt, the palace and city, and in the war of the Succession
they had a camp on the adjoining plain. The Prince is therefore
supposed to have lent the palace, which he had rebuilt, with the more
readiness, that the Marshal might see how perfectly he could overcome
his loss. The plunder of the city in 1688 had continued for five days,
and it is mentioned in its history that the French carried away fifteen
waggon loads of wine of the vintage of 1572.

Rastadt, like Carlsruhe, is built upon one plan, but is as inferior
to it in beauty, as in size. The chief street is, however, uncommonly
broad, so much so, that the upper end is used as a market-place, and
the statue of the founder, Prince Louis, in the centre, is seen with
all the advantages of space and perspective. There is, notwithstanding,
little appearance of traffic, and the inhabitants seemed to be much
less numerous than the emigrant corps, which was then stationed there,
the head quarters of the Prince of Condé being established in the city.
We passed an hour at an inn, which was nearly filled by part of this
corps, and were compelled to witness the distress and disappointment,
excited by intelligence just then received of the state of affairs in
the Low Countries.

A small park of artillery was kept on the southern side of Rastadt,
where there is a handsome stone bridge over the river Murg, that falls
into the Rhine, at the distance of a league from the city. Soon after,
the road passes by the groves of the _Favorita_, a summer palace built
by a dowager Margravine. We now drew nearer to the mountains of the
Bergstrasse, which had disappeared near Schwetzingen, and had risen
again partially through the morning mists, soon after our quitting
Carlsruhe. They are here of more awful height, and abrupt steepness
than in the neighbourhood of Manheim, and, on their pointed brows, are
frequently the ruins of castles, placed sometimes where it seems as if
no human foot could climb. The nearer we approached these mountains the
more we had occasion to admire the various tints of their granites.
Sometimes the precipices were of a faint pink, then of a deep red, a
dull purple, or a blush approaching to lilac, and sometimes gleams
of a pale yellow mingled with the low shrubs, that grew upon their
sides. The day was cloudless and bright, and we were too near these
heights to be deceived by the illusions of aërial colouring; the real
hues of their features were as beautiful, as their magnitude was
sublime. The plains, that extend along their feet to the Rhine, are
richly cultivated with corn, and, beyond the river, others, which
appear to be equally fruitful, spread towards the mountains of Alsace,
a corresponding chain with the Bergstrasse, vast and now blue with

The manners of the people from Manheim downwards, are more civilized
than in the upper parts of Germany; an improvement, which may with
great probability be imputed to the superior fruitfulness of the
country, that amends their condition, and with it the social qualities.
The farms are more numerous, the labourers less dejected, and the
women, who still work barefooted in the fields, have somewhat of a
ruddy brown in their complexion, instead of the sallowness, that
renders the ferocious, or sullen air of the others more striking.
They are also better dressed; for, though they retain the slouched
woollen hat, they have caps; and towards the borders of Switzerland
their appearance becomes picturesque. Here they frequently wear a blue
petticoat with a cherry-coloured boddice, full white sleeves fastened
above the elbow, and a muslin handkerchief thrown gracefully round the
neck in a sort of roll; the hair sometimes platted round the head, and
held on the crown with a large bodkin. On holidays, the girls have
often a flat straw hat, with bows of ribband hanging behind. Higher up,
the women wear their long black hair platted, but falling in a queue
down the back.

The cottages are also somewhat better, and the sides entirely covered
with vines, on which, in the beginning of July, were grapes bigger
than capers, and in immense quantities. Sometimes Turkey corn is put
to dry under the projections of the first floor, and the gardens are
ornamented with a short alley of hops. Meat is however bad and scarce;
the appearance so disgusting before it is dressed, that those, who can
accommodate their palates to the cooking, must endeavour to forget what
they have seen. Butter is still more scarce, and the little cheese
that appears, is only a new white curd, made up in rolls, scarcely
bigger than an egg. A sort of beer is here made for servants, the
taste of which affords no symptom of either malt or hops; it is often
nearly white, and appears to have been brewed but a few hours; what is
somewhat browner is bottled, and sold at about threepence a quart.

Our road, this day, was seldom more than two leagues distant from the
Rhine, and we expected to have heard the fire, which the Austrian and
French posts, who have their batteries on the two banks of the river,
frequently exchange with each other. The tranquillity was, however,
as sound as in any other country, and nothing but the continuance
of patroles and convoys reminded us of our nearness to the war. The
peasants were as leisurely cutting their harvest, and all the other
business of rural life was proceeding as uninterruptedly, as if there
was no possibility of an attack. Yet we afterwards learned, that the
French had, very early on the morning of this day, ineffectually
attempted the passage of the Rhine, about fifteen miles higher up; and
the firing had been distinctly heard at a little village where we dined.

One road, as short as this, lies immediately upon the margin of the
river; and, as we were assured that none but military parties were
fired at, we wished to pass it, for the purpose of observing the
ingenious methods, by which a country so circumstanced is defended;
but our postillion, who dreaded, that he might be pressed by the
Austrians, for the intrusion, refused to venture upon it, and, instead
of proceeding to Kehl, which is directly opposite to Strasbourg, we
took the road for Offenburg, about three leagues from the Rhine.

The country through which our route now lay, better as it is than more
northern parts, has suffered some positive injuries by the war. Before
this, all the little towns, from Carlsruhe downwards, maintained some
commerce with France, on their own account, and supplied carriage
for that of others. In return for provisions and coarse commodities
for manufacture, carried to Strasbourg, they received the silks and
woollens of France, to be dispersed at Franckfort, or Manheim. The
intercourse between the two countries was so frequent, that nearly
all the tradesmen, and many of the labouring persons in this part of
Germany speak a little French. The landlord of the house, where
we dined, assured us that, though his village was so small, he had
sufficient business before the war; now he was upon the point of
removing to Offenburg, being unable to pay his rent, during the
interruption of travelling.

A little before sun-set, we came to Appenweyer, one of these towns,
from the entrance of which the spires of Strasbourg were so plainly
visible that we could see the fanes glittering against the light, and
even the forms of the fortifications near the water could be traced.
In the midst of the straggling town of Appenweyer the loud sounds
of martial music and then the appearance of troops, entering at the
opposite end, surprised us. This was the advanced guard of several
Austrian regiments, on their march to re-inforce the allied army in the
Low Countries. Our postillion had drawn up, to surrender as much of
the road as possible to them, but their march was so irregular, that
they frequently thronged round the carriage; affording us sufficient
opportunity to observe how far their air corresponded with what has
been so often said of the Austrian soldiery.

Except as to their dress and arms, their appearance is not military,
according to any notion, which an Englishman is likely to have
formed; that is, there is nothing of activity, nothing of spirit, of
cheerfulness, of the correctness of discipline, or of the eagerness of
the youthful in it. There is much of ferocity, much of timid cruelty,
of sullenness, indolence and awkwardness. They dress up their faces
with mustachios, and seem extremely desirous to impress terror. How far
this may be effectual against other troops we cannot know; but they
certainly are, by their ferocious manners, and by the traits, which a
nearer view of them discloses, very terrible to the peaceful traveller.
Though now immediately under the eyes of their officers they could
scarcely refrain from petty insults, and from wishfully laying their
hands upon our baggage.

About a thousand men passed in two divisions, which had commenced their
march a few hours before, for the purpose of avoiding the heat of the
day. As we proceeded, the trodden corn in the fields shewed where they
had rested.

It was night before we reached Offenburg, where we were compelled to
lodge at a wretched inn called the Post-house, the master of the other
having that day removed to admit a new tenant; but the condition of the
lodging was of little importance, for, all night, the heavy trampling
of feet along the road below prevented sleep, and with the first dawn
the sound of martial music drew us to the windows. It seemed like a
dream, when the Austrian bands played _ça ira_, with double drums, and
cymbals thrown almost up to our casements, louder than any we had
ever heard before. This was the main body of the army, of which we had
met the advanced party. Each regiment was followed by a long train of
baggage carriages, of various and curious descriptions, some of the
cabriolets having a woman nearly in man's apparel in the front, and
behind, a large basket higher than the carriage, filled with hay. This
"tide of human existence" continued to pass for several hours. But the
whole army did not consist of more than three regiments of infantry,
among which were those of D'Arcy, and Pellegrini, and one of horse;
for each of the Austrian regiments of foot contains, when complete,
two thousand three hundred men. They had with them a small train of
artillery, and were to proceed to the Low Countries as quick as they
could march; but, so uniform are the expedients of the councils of
Vienna, that the opportunity of carrying these troops down the Rhine
in barges from Phillipsburg, where it was practicable, was not adopted,
though this method would have saved two weeks out of three, and have
landed the army unfatigued at its post.

All their regimentals were white, faced either with light blue, or
pompadour, and seemed unsuitably delicate for figures so large and
heavy. The cavalry were loaded with many articles of baggage, but their
horses appeared to be of the strongest and most serviceable kind. This
was a grand military show, which it was impossible to see without many
reflections on human nature and human misery.

Offenburg is a small town, in the Margraviate of Baden Baden,
pleasantly seated at the feet of the Bergstrasse, which the road again
approaches so near as to be somewhat obstructed by its acclivities.
Our way lay along the base of these steeps, during the whole day;
and as we drew nearer to Switzerland, their height became still more
stupendous, and the mountains of Alsace seemed advancing to meet them
in the long perspective; the plains between, through which the Rhine
gleamed in long sweeps, appeared to be entirely covered with corn, and
in the nearer scene joyous groups were loading the waggons with the
harvest. An harvest of another kind was ripening among the lower rocks
of the Bergstrasse, where the light green of the vines enlivened every
cliff, and sometimes overspread the ruinous walls of what had once been

We passed many villages, shaded with noble trees, which had more
appearance of comfort than any we had seen, and which were enviable for
the pleasantness of their situation; their spacious street generally
opening to the grandeur of the mountain vista, that extended to the
south. In these landscapes the peasant girl, in the simple dress of
the country, and balancing on her large straw hat an harvest keg, was a
very picturesque figure.

It was evening when we came within view of Friburg, the last city
of Germany on the borders of Switzerland, and found ourselves among
mountains, which partook of the immensity and sublimity of those of
that enchanting country. But what was our emotion, when, from an
eminence, we discovered the pointed summits of what we believed to be
the Swiss mountains themselves, a multitudinous assemblage rolled in
the far-distant prospect! This glimpse of a country of all others in
Europe the most astonishing and grand, awakened a thousand interesting
recollections and delightful expectations; while we watched with regret
even this partial vision vanishing from our eyes as we descended
towards Friburg. The mountains, that encompass this city, have so much
the character of the great, that we immediately recollect the line
of separation between Germany and Switzerland to be merely artificial,
not marked even by a river. Yet while we yield to the awful pleasure
which this eternal vastness inspires, we feel the insignificance of
our temporary nature, and, seeming more than ever conscious by what
a slender system our existence is upheld, somewhat of dejection and
anxiety mingle with our admiration.


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