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present Edition, some verbal corrections will be found in various passages.
Some additions have also been made; and it is hoped that they will add to the general interest excited by the Work. The Notes, in certain instances, have been augmented, and the number of Inscriptions increased, by very valuable communications from Charles Kelsal, Esq. of Trinity College, Cambridge, who lately pursued a similar route to that of the Author, in the South of Russia. Robert Corner, Esq. of Malta, has also obligingly added to the Appendix an important article concerning the Internal Navigation of the Russian Empire'.
After the fullest and most impartial consideration, the Author is contented to rest the truth and validity of his remarks, concerning the Russian character, upon the evidence afforded by almost every enlightened Traveller who has preceded him. In addition to their testimony, the unpublished
observations of the late Lord Royston' may be adduced, to shew that, subsequent to the Author's travels, and under happier auspices of Government in Russia, the state of society appeared to that gifted
young Nobleman as it has been described in the following pages. Lord Royston, when writing to an accomplished friend, who was snatched from the pursuit of worldly honours, by a fate as untimely although not so sudden as his own”, thus briefly, but emphatically, characterizes the state of refinement in the two great cities of the Russian Empire. “A journey from Petersburg to Moscow is a journey from Europe
(1) The kindness of the Earl of Hardwicke authorizes this allusion to his Son's Letters. Lord Royston's name carries with it a claim to public consideration. Although the knowledge of his great acquirements had scarcely transpired beyond the circle of his Academical acquaintance, his erudition was regarded, even by a PORSON, with wonder. The loss sustained by his death can never be retrieved; but some consolation is derived from the consciousness that all the fruits of his literary labours have not been annihilated. The sublime prophecy of his own Cassandra, uttering "a parable of other times," will yet be heard, in his native language, showing “her dark speech," and thus pourtraying his melancholy end.
“ Ye cliffs of Zarax, and ye waves which wash
Opheltes' craggs, and melancholy shore,
V'iscount Royston's Cassandra, p. 28.
(3) This Letter is dated, Moscow, April 13th, 1809.
to Asia. With respect to the society of the former city, I am almost ashamed to state my opinion, after the stubborn fact of my having twice returned thither, each time at the expense of a thousand miles : but although I had not imagined it possible that any place could exist more devoid of the means of enjoying rational conversation, I am now, since my residence here, become of a different opinion. Not that I have not been excessively interested, both during this and my former visit to Moscow. The feudal magnificence of the nobility, the Asiatic dress and manners of the common people, the mixture of nations to be seen here, the immensity, the variety, and the singular architecture of the city, present altogether a most curious and amusing assemblage.” In a former part of the same Letter, the inattention of the superior Clergy to the religion of the lower orders is forcibly illustrated. The words are as follow : - You have probably received some account of my journey to Archangel; of my movement thence in a north-easterly direction, to Mezen; of the distinguished reception I received from the Mayor of that highly-civilized city, who made me a speech in Russian, three-quarters of an hour long; of my procuring there twelve rein-deer, and proceeding towards the Frozen Ocean, until I found a Samoied Camp in the desert between the rivers Mezen and Petchora; and of my ascertaining that that nation, which extends over almost all the North of
(4) So marked in the original.