Letter from Adam Boyd, Netherbury, Dorset to W. Mackenzie, London

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Describes the journey from Oxford. We “got through the contested county of Berks without Difficulty - bt some annoyance from the shouting & hallooing of the mobs.” Visited Stonehenge and Old Sarum. From Dorchester “the country becomes exceedingly Romantic…….This village is without exception the most beautiful that I ever saw. Squire Conway is a perfect model of an English gentleman of small fortune, but his wife….is a tiresome talkative silly woman.” Would like to see Mackenzie’s lectures. “This day you open your mouth in public - I feel for you, but do not fear for you .” Has made the acquaintance of a Scotch doctor, Strong, from Kilmarnock.