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whom we spent twelve months, either in private houses in the Interior, or in habits of constant intercourse at St. Petersburg.

In the letters now offered to the public, I have given a simple detail of our sojourn in Russia, interspersed by a few general remarks and opinions naturally called forth. I have more particularly entered on the system of the conscription, the relative position of master and serf, and the situation and resources of the landed proprietor; and, in conclusion, I have ventured a few short observations on the character and government of the Emperor Nicholas. The court, the capital, the army,

the public institutions of the country, with its political position and views, have occupied the pens of far abler travellers: my object has been to give some description of private life, national customs, and domestic habits in Russia.

CONTENT S.

LETTER I.

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Arrival at Petersburg-Account of voyage—Proceedings of Cus

tom-house officers at Cronstadt and Petersburg-Passport regulations

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LETTER II.

Intended mode of travelling-Russian dinner-Practice of bath

ing horses— Kazan church-Pavements in Petersburg-English church-Difference of calendar in Russia—Comparison between London and Petersburg-Equipages—Want of hackneycoaches - Droschkas - Summer Garden—The islands—The Hermitage—The Winter Palace— Military uniforms ---Public buildings

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LETTER III.

Journey to Krasnoe Diligence-Road —Bridges-Inns - Istvostchiks - Peasants' dress — Dreary landscape-Novogorod

- Russian village — Military colonies — Torjok — Arrival at Krasnoe-Description of the place-Russian farming--Peasants' houses-Hospital and bath

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LETTER IV.

Mode of life in the country-Language-Russian patronymics

System of country visiting Guests—A dinner visit_Village fête--Russian swing-Intense heat-Remarks on the gaiety of the people-An enthusiast--A runaway serf

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