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That which now sees the light again, under the comprehensive title of Rome and Venice, is scarcely a fourth part, of my original correspondence from, I think, nearly every province of continental Italy, save Calabria. He purchases little ; but he observes, imitates, and borrows everything he can lay his mind and hand upon. Napoleon would surrender a principality, but he would stick like grim death to an antique cameo.
Sicily I did not visit ; and for many reasons, at which I have hinted "in another place," I have cancelled all record of my experiences in the Tyrol with Gabibaldi — ^the Washington of Italy : " first in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen," but whose reputation has been shame- fully maltreated, within these latter days, in Eng- vi PBBFACB. He would part with a kingdom, but a manuscript by Lionardo, or a picture by Bafaelle, was not to be rescued, under compulsion, from his insatiate maw.
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Of the long Austrian sway in Italy, no architectural trace is visible now but fortresses and barracks ; whereas, although French domination in the Peninsula endured only from 1804 to 1815, in hundreds of cases, while travelling, when your eye lights on a good road, a well-built bridge, a commodious hospital, a solid quay, a handsome modem theatre, you will, asking, *'Chi V ha fatto ?
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