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Tourism then and now: Sublimity, Science, Superstition

May 1-3, 2018 // July 2-4, 1797 After taking a coach from Whitchurch to Salisbury on the afternoon of Sunday July 2 (succumbing to the effects of a “hearty dinner of animal food” which made them too drowsy to walk, … Continue reading

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“What is to become of these children …?”

May 1 // July 1-2 Part of the pleasure of this excursion so far is in searching and finding Thelwall’s landmarks, and making them mine, having experiences that sometimes deviate from, but more often uncannily duplicate, those of two centuries … Continue reading

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Politics and Picnics

April 30  // June 29-30 continued While socio-economic commentary takes an increasingly central position in Thelwall’s Pedestrian Excursion, he continues to respond aesthetically to landscape, and to describe it using the popular conventions of the “picturesque and romantic,” sometimes in … Continue reading

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The Ills of Affluence and Monopoly

Monday April 30 // Fri June 30-Sat July 1, 1797 My first full day of Ped-Exing covered the second and third of Thelwall’s roughly 20-mile daily journeys: from Sunbury through Shepperton, Staines, Windsor, and Sunninghill to Windlesham (which Thelwall calls … Continue reading

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Re-creating Thelwall’s “Pedestrian Excursion” 1797/2018

After several months, I am reanimating this blog with a series of posts in which I retrace and reflect upon, John Thelwall’s 1797 “Pedestrian Excursion” from London to Bristol. Published over three years (1799-1801) in the Monthly Magazine, Thelwall’s “A … Continue reading

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Echoes of Hope

After long silence, and times of terror, grief and despair for those of us who, like Thelwall, aspire to a more just, fair, egalitarian, tolerant, open society, I am inspired again to speak, on his behalf and my own. Sparked … Continue reading

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Smiling Jack and Champion Jack

A long, long year has passed, and I wonder about the wisdom of trying to resurrect this blog and this site, after such silence. Of course that silence was the result of my efforts, at last successful, to free the … Continue reading

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