Ireland & Wales
Not originally written for publication, Carlyle's notes typify the confident
superiority of the English traveller through the centuries. As he notes
of Youghal, 'What can be the use of such a place', with its 'dingy semi-savage
population'? (111). Published accounts are rarely so frankly disdainful,
but Carlyle's rough verbal sketches also evoke a lively sense of the places
Sotheby's youthful poems eagerly evoke the picturesque, and the engravings added to this second edition only heighten that sensibility. An evocation such as 'Hail, solemn wreck!' (10) does not connote praise, and the beauty of the moonlit ruin proves a refreshing tonic only to the traveller who can leave behind the dilapidation evident by daylight:
the musing mind
Touring in Ireland
Forced into farming by family debt and a foppish youth, Young was an inept practitioner, but annual receipts from his agricultural tours exceeded £1000 by 1770. This particular tour never moved beyond a first edition: the theft of a trunk containing his journals and specimens deprived Young of the materials to compose a vivid or detailed account. However, his attack on the bounty charged for carting corn to Dublin led to an immediate halving of the fee.
Mavor's collection is typical of the more than one hundred collections
of travels, extending anywhere from 4 to 76 volumes, compiled in the eighteenth
and early nineteenth centuries. If the market was not entirely flooded,
and there is no evidence that it was, the demand for such collections
must have been virtually insatiable.