Misson, François Maximilien; Goodwin, Timothy [Oth.]; Wotton, Matthew [Oth.]; Manship, Samuel [Oth.]; Tooke, Benjamin [Oth.]
A New Voyage to Italy: With Curious Observations On several other Countries, as Germany, Switzerland, Savoy, Geneva, Flanders, and Holland. Together, With Useful Instructions for those who shall Travel thither. Done out of French. In Two Volumes (Vol. I.) — London: Printed for T. Goodwin, at the Queen's-Head; M. Wotton, at the Three-Daggers in Fleet-street; S. Manship, at the Ship in Cornbil; and B. Took at the Middle-Temple-Gate in Fleet-street, 1699

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Vol. I, to ITALY.
Some Years since died in this place, Gueret Ba-
(liense, a Filherman, who was eight Foot high,
and weighed yoo Pounds, though he was very
lean. We were in his House, the Doors where-
of are very high, where they Ihowed us many of
his Cloaths.
Instead of entertaining you with an account
of the pretended Foundation of Roterdam by one
Roterias, Son to a King of the Sicambri, menti-
on’d by Trithemius, in his History ( I had almost
said Romance} of the Origin of the Gauls; I /hall
take this occasion to advertise you, once for
all, that I’m resolv’d to take no notice of such un-
certain and unattested Stories that may be justly
rank’d among Fables. The Rot er, or Rotter, is a
little River that falls into the Canals of Rotterdam $
and, doubtless, gives its Name to the City : But
whether this River takes its Name from the pre-
tended Roterias, or from some Town that was
formerly built near this place, is a question which
I leave to be decided by those who have either
Leisure or Inclination to examine such Contro-
v er lies.
I observ’d one thing in this City, which is too
singular to be forgotten. Heretofore the Tower
of the great Church lean’d to one side, and was
set up sireight by a certain Architect. The Story,
with ail its Circumltances, is describ’d in an In-
scription Engrav’d on Brass, at the bottom of the
Tower on the inlide.
The Post-Hour obliges me to fini/h this Letter;
be perswaded, that I will omit nothing which I
believe proper for your satisfaftion. And if my
Leisure will not always permit me to give
you a particular account of every thing,
allure your self that whatever I write /hall be
with-

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