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the stone and in the wood [of] the gates. I layd this night at Pois, a small towne.

April 20. I got to Beauvais, time enough (if I had listed) to heare masse; however, I went to see St. Pierre's church, which is an extream high one, and very stately. The North and South ends are most noble, the church paved with marble, checquered with stone: there is no building westward, beyond the crosse isle, which makes the church but short; but if there were a body answerable to the rest, I think it might compare with most churches in Christendome. This night I layd at Tilierre. This day was the first day in which I saw vineyards, pilgrims, or was sprinkled with holy water.

Wee roade this day divers times beteewn rowes of apple trees a great waye; they are likewise set here orderly as the cherrytrees in Kent. Most of the country betwixt Calais and Paris is open, and sewen with corn, so as wee had fine prospects upon the top of every hill.

April 11, St. v. 21, stylo novo. Wee bayted at Beaumont, where after dinner each of us gave a messenger trente solz, for his care of us in our journey.

This after noon wee rode through St. Dinnis, where there is a noted church, in which are a great manye stately tombes of the Kings of France and other nobles. About four of the clock wee entered Paris, just by Maison des Enfans Trouvés, so through Fauxbourg St. Denis, and other places to the sighne of Ville de Soissons, dans rüe de la Vererie, where the messenger lodges. This night I walked about to see Pont Neuf, upon which standes a noble copper statua of Henry the fourth, the statuas of our Saviour, and the Samaritan woman, by a delicat fountain, made in the shape of a huge cockle-shell, which allwayes runs over. I went to Monsieur Michel de Clere, who lives in Rüe de Chevalier de Guet, and tooke an hundred liures of him, I went and hired a chamber in Rüe St. Zacharie for 7 liures par mois, and so, je vous souhaitte le bon soir.


The Journal of this tour occupies the whole of MS. Sloan. 1906; but I have thought it preferable here to discontinue the Journal, where its narrative is taken up by the following series of letters from MS. Sloan. 1868. A small portion of the tour they describe forms the subject of the last chapter in Dr. E. Browne's Travels, fol. 1685, under the title of “A Journey from Venice to Genoa.” One of these letters has been collated with a duplicate copy-somewhat fuller, in the Bodleian, No. lviii, MS. Rawlinson.

Mr. Edward Browne to his brother Thomas.

(ms. SLOAN. 1868.]


I give you many thancks for your company to Attleborough. I am now (god be thancked) at Douer, where I have seen the Castle. In the same is a very great peece, called the Basilisk, 23 foot and 8 inches long. I saw the horne which they say was blowne at the building of the castle. This day I was at sea, and saw them catch shell fish, as lobsters, Spanish crabbs, wilks, sea spiders, heauers, crabwilks, which is the same with our Bernardus Eremita. Here are also limpits, or lympots, as they call them, in great numbers, which they eat. To morrow, god willing, we are for Calis.

Your louing brother,

EDWARD BROWNE. [Dover,] April 5 [1664.]

Mr. Edward Browne to his Father.

(Ms. SLOAN. 1868.]

I have been divers times at Hospital de la Charité and Hostel de Dieu ; which latter stands nigh to Nostre Dame,

and has far more diseased in it then the other. I have been often at St. Innocents church yard, and have seen them dig up bones which have been very rotten after 3 weeks or a months interrement. The flesh must needs then bee corrupted in a far shorter space; but I will send word in my next more punctually about it. In the middle of summer I think to goe for a month or two out of towne when the terme is done. There are coaches which goe from Paris to any place in France, and I suppose it is no where so deer living as here. I shall bee glad to see Monsieur Morillon; hee may doe me some courtesies in directing of mee and showing mee things I have not seen. Luxemberg is the stateliest hostel I have seen;—the Tuilleries and Jardin Royall (assauoir, the physick garden), the most noble of the gardens, though there be innumerable here, and those far more pleasant then I could expect. The broad leav'd Tilia, and the thick groues of tall cypres, afford us a coole shade in the hottest dayes; here are a great many locust trees.? Oranges and lemons come to no great perfection, though these trees bee far greater then in England. I take up some sometimes of the little wither'd black ones, wich fall of the trees, and carry in my pocket; they have the most delicious smell in the world. I have been to agree with one to see a course of chymistry, but hee askes three pistoles, and speakes French when hee shows it. In the physick garden there will, in a short time, be showne all the operations in chymistry publickly, thrice in a week. I heare four physick lectures, Dr. Maureau reads de hernia ; Dr. Dyneau de febribus ; Dr. Pattin answers all doubts and questions proposed; Dr. Le Bell reads of chirurgicall operations. Aloe growes here to a vast bignesse; the plants will not yet bee showne this fortnight. I have been once at Charenton already, and intend to goe to Charenton again to morrow. The number of boats that goe upon the riuer together, the multitude of people walking on the bankes, the litle islands in the Seine, and the Protestants continually singing the French psalmes, makes the passage uery delightfull. The church is a long square, uery capacious, double galleried on all sides; my lord ambassadour was there the last Sundaye. I went this week to Vincenne, the house has a large broad perpendicular ditch, the sides of which are free stone; the new building is handsome; one of the canons shew mee the church, and, in a litle chappell by it, Cardinall Mazarines hearse. I have been in a great many churches in Paris ; Nostre Dame is ten of my paces broader then St. Paules, besides the chappells on both sides; St. Eustace church is a delicate one; St. Geneuieue's front is neat; St. Geruais front with its braue pillars shows stately, but is farr surpassed by the Jesuists church, in Rüe St. Anthoine, which hath a great cupulo carved and painted within, with the figures of famous and religious persons; the alters are set about with copper statuas almost as big as the life. Place Royalle, in proportion to Lincolne's Inne Fields in London, is not so much as 4 to 9. In the gazette I reade that wee are about to make warre with the Dutch, and that there is an act of parliament passed to furnish his maiesty with prouisions for it. I am much inquisitiue after news, but especally that of my owne countrye. Sr, I would that I might, in your next, here the certainty. Your

6 Tutor for some time to Lord Howard's sons at Norwich. He afterwards settled at Padua as a language-master.

7 Robinia Pseud-Acacia : named by Linnæus after M. Robin, a French botanist, who introduced it into France in the reign of Henry IV.

Obediant Sonne,

EDWARD BROWNE. Paris, May 17, Stylo nouo 1664.

Mr. Edward Browne to his Sister.


I long to have a letter from you, and therefore I write to tell you where I live. I have been at St. Denys, about three mile from Paris, where I saw a great many rarities and fine relickes, as some of the wood of our Sauior's crosse, one nayle of the same, one of the water pots in which our Sauiour turn'd the water into wine, Malchus his lantern, which hee had in his hand when hee came with Judas to take our Sauiour, many pieces of saints, as the head of St. Denys, the chin of St. Lewis, &c. If you will have any beads or little pieces of silver that have touched these things, write mee word, and the next opportunity I meet with, I will send you some; but it may be you are not curious for such things. I saw likewise an unicorne's horne, Jeanne of Arc the maid of Orleans' sword, with which shee fought so ualyantly against the English with all, and many such kinde of rarities. Let mee know when you goe to Norwich. When I walk in the neate gardens of the monasteries, or in the Tuilleries, a place like Gray's Inn walks, but farre surpassing it, or in any shady groue, which is a great conuenence in this hot weather, or when I begine to take the least delight in any thing, I presently wish your companys; which, when I consider it is a thing impossible, I underualew all the delights of France, and prefer our little garden at Norwich before that of Luxembourg at Paris. To morow I am to goe to see two English gentlewomen made nuns. Deare sister, I have nothing else to say to you at present, but that I am

Your loving brother,

ED. BROWNE. Paris, May 24, 1664.

Mr. Edward Browne to his Father.


I receued your third letter. The garden is not yet open, but will bee now in a day or two. The chymick lecture I am informed will be publick. I read at present Darlet's Chymistry in french, (hee who I myght have seen a course of,) to furnish mee with the words [and] termes in french proper for that art. It is the old Guido Patin that reads here, to whom Præuolius dedicates his booke. Hee is very old, yet very pleasant in his discourse, and hearty; hee is much followed, is a Gallenist, and doth often laugh at the chymists. I have not heard of any ancient aqueduct, but I shall inquire after it; and I have seen a great many new ones, fountaines, at Rueill, the Duke of Anguelesme's house,

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