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Browne, Edward
A Brief Account Of Some Travels In divers Parts of Europe, Viz. [Sp.1:] Hungaria, Servia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Thessaly, [Sp.2:] Austria, Styria, Carinthia, Carniola, and Friuli: Through a great part of Germany, And The Low-Countries ... ; With some Observations on the Gold, Silver ... in those Parts ; As also, The Description of many Antiquities, Habits, Fortifications and Remarkable Places — London: Tooke, 1685

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A Journey from Vienna to Hamburg.

over our Heads, about two yards broad, which with a siring waspulL
ed backward and sorward to cool us, and divers had Pans filled with
Snow, to cool the sheets when they went into their Beds.
Germany is a great Hive of men, and the mighty deslru&ion of meh
made by the laid German Cars, and by the Plague is so repaired, that it
is scarce discernible. They are fruitsul, and sull of Children : They
are not exhausled by Sea, Colonies sent sorth, or by peopling American
Countries • but they have some consumption by wars abroad, when
they be at peace at home : few wars being made in other parts of Eu-
rope, wherein there are not some Regiments of Germans ; ghe People
being naturally Martial, and persons well descended. very averse from a
Trading course of Life.
While I read in Tacitus of the old barbarous and rude State of Ger*
many, how poorly they lived, that they had their Houses at a dislance
from one another; how ignorant they were in Arts ; and it was
doubted whether their Country asforded Mines; that they lived bv ex-
change of things,, making little or no ule of money, and the like, I may
juslly wonder to behold the present advance and in^provement in all
commendable Arts, Learning, Civility, splendid and handsome Cities
and Habitations, and the general face of things incredibly altered since
thole ancient times; and cannot but approve the expression os a
Learned Man, though long since, That is Ariovislus, Civilis, and thofe
old famous men of Germany, Jhouid revive in their Country again, and
look up to Heaven, beholding the Conflellations os the Bears, and other
Stars, they might probably acknowledge that thefe were the fame Stars
which they were wont to behold ; but if they fhould look downward, and
well view the face. of all things, they would imagine th emJelves to be in
a new World, and mver acknowledge this to have been their Country,