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TOUR THROUGH

LETTER III.


End of the Author's detention through the means of General Chorié. — Impoverished state of Maaslandsluys. — Road to Delft. — The artillery of General Chorié's Brigade. — Character of the General. — The environs of Rotterdam. — State-house of that city. — George the Second.

Rotterdam, Oct, 1800.

WHEN I concluded my last letter, I did not imagine we would be so speedily released from our honourable confinement, and that impression, perhaps, threw a tincture of peevishness into what I wrote; I feel the consciousness, however, of this so slightly, that I deem no other apology necessary, than to say, that the man whose compositions, delineating situation and character, are not affected by present circumstances and personal sensibility, is a writer whose acquaintance I am little disposed to cultivate.