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Gentleman's Magazine 1813 part 2 p.573

  Hadrian's Wall
History of the Roman Wall

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The History of the Roman Wall, which crosses the Island of Britain, from the German Ocean to the Irish Sea. Describing its Antient State, and its Appearance in the Year 1801. By W. Hutton, F.A.S.S The Second Edition; with Corrections. 8vo. pp. 404. Nichols, Son and Bentley.
WE heartily rejoice to meet again with our old friend Mr. Hutton, 'who at full twenty years beyond the age of man, still enjoys his strong mental faculties,' - in a new dress indeed; but in a garb that much becomes him; and are much pleased to see his honest physiognomy in the front.
In an Advertisement to this Second Edition, Mr. Nicholson observes,
'The kind intentions of my highly-respected Friend Mr. Hutton, in presenting me with this Work, were frustrated by an unfortunate accident, which consumed all the Copies of it that were then unsold. - Enough, however, were in the hands of the publick, to establish its character, and considerably increase the reputation of its ingenious Author. - The good opinion I originally entertained of the Work, is so strongly confirmed by the unanimous approbation of the various Periodical Criticks; that I cannot resist selecting some passages from the principal ones.'
Copious extracts are then given from the Monthly Review, British Critic, Critical Review, Aikin's Annual Review, and Gentleman's Magazine, &c. all highly commendatory of the Work; which is, indeed,as Mr. Aikin justly describes it, a very 'amusing and interesting portion of Topographical History. The lively and cheerful manners of the Author captivate the fancy, and we follow him through the progress of his journey with sympathy and curiosity.'
The Advertisement also contains a very interesting Letter from Miss Hutton, written some years ago to S. S. Pratt, esq. (who had requested her to furnish him with some particulars of her Father's Journey,) which our Readers, we are confident, will peruse with pleasure:
'Dear Sir, - Our summer's excursion in 1801 was ardently wished for by us both. My Father's object was, to see the Roman Wall; mine, the Lakes of Cumberland and Westmoreland. We talked it over, by our fire-side, every evening of the preceding winter. He always insisted upon setting out on foot, and performing as much of the journey as he should be able in the same manner. I made little objection to his plan: reserving myself for a grand attack at last. - When the time drew near, I represented to my Father that it as impossible he should walk the whole way; though I agreed with him that he could walk a considerable part: the only difference between us was, whether he should ride to prevent mischief, or after mischief was done. I besought him, with tears, to go as far as Liverpool in a carriage, and walk afterwards as he might find expedient; but he was inflexible. All I could obtain was, a promise that he would take care of himself. - I rode on a pillion behind a servant; and our mode of travelling was this. My Father informed himself at a night how he might get out of the house next morning, before the servants were stirring. He rose at four o'clock, walked to the end of the next stage, breakfasted, and waited for me. I set out at seven; and, when I arrived at the same inn, breakfasted also. When my Father had rested two hours, he set off again. When my horse had fed properly, I followed; passed my Father on
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