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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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Travelled some years since, between Venice and GenoT,
through many Countries of early Civility, seated in
the middle of the temperate Zone, in a fruitful and
happy Climate; affording plentifully all Neceslaries
for Life; and through Countries which have not only
been considerable for their copious production of Corn,
Fruit, Silk, Wine and Oyl, but also for having been
Very fortunate in all Ages, for bringing into the World Perlons of great
Fame and Renown, who have rendred this Trad of Earth more than
ordinarily remarkable for great Actions in all times. The memory os
which is Rill preserved not only in their Writings, but also in their
splendid Buildings, and Antiquities ; though no parts have tailed more
deeply of the dangerous variety of fortune, these having buffered the
frequent Incursions of many fierce and warlike Nations. Having
therefore formerly enjoyed such variety of observable Objeds, I could
not remember this Journey without some considerable satisfadion, est
pecially having at the same time had the good luck to travel a great
part of it with my worthy friends, Sir William Trumbull, Mr. Scames*
Dr. Falman^ Dr. James and Mr. Dafbwood, which makes me bold,
upon the opportunity of this second Impreslion, to add further this
ssiort Account.
We palled from Venice to Padoa by water up the slream of the
pleasant River Bre^it^ having all day long Houses of Pleasure, and well
built Palaces on each hand of us. We entered this River near Lizafu-
fina, five Miles from Venice; where formerly a Wheel, or Engine was
placed, to convey the Vessels into the River. The Venetians having
long since slopped up the entrance of the Brenta., lest that by the con-
tinual Descent of the Water, the Stream, and Channel might be di-
minished, lost, or altered ; and the passages sor their Vessels rendred
dangerous, or inconvenient; but this is otherwise contrived ar present,
and four large Locks or Sostegni are made use of, both to keep up the
water, and to facilitate the passage of the Vessels. These are placed at