button to main menu  Observations on Picturesque Beauty, vol.2 p.86

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vol.2 p.86
and could spread intelligence, in a few seconds, from one end of it to the other.
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At this later day these castles and posts of alarm, adorning the country, they once defended, raise pleasing reflections on a comparison of present times with the past - those turbulent times, when no man could sleep in safety unless secured by a fortress. In war he feared the invasion of an open enemy: and in peace a mischief still more formidable, the ravages of banditti; with whom the country was always at that time infested. These wretches were composed of the outlaws from both nations; and inhabiting the fastnesses of the bogs, and mountains, used to sally out, and plunder in all directions.
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