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DIARY OF AN INVALID
BEING THE JOURNAL OF A TOUR
IN PURSUIT OF HEALTH
IN PORTUGAL ITALY SWITZERLAND
IN THE YEARS 1817 1818 AND 1819
BY HENRY MATTHEWS ESQ. .M.
FELLOW OF KING'S COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE
talking of the Alps and Apennines
THE following pages may seem to require some apology, being, as they are, the transcript of a Journal written to amuse the hours of indisposition, without any idea of publication.
From these materials, I was induced, upon my return to England, to begin an account of my travels in a more serious and sustained style of composition; but my work was arrested by hearing, from those to whose judgment I have deferred, that I was labouring only to deprive my Journal of almost all that made it interesting in its original form;-like an indifferent artist, whose finished picture has often less to recommend it, than his first rough sketch from nature. Though this may be no excuse for