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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 679 Rome

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 re-entering our carriage we were much amused at an old beggar woman with gray hair and a round red smiling face who astonished us with a volley of broad Irish “be the howly mither and Moses wid’nt yees give a wee bit to a poor lone woman thats bin a widdy these thirty years”, +c we could’nt resist the appeal and departed with the usual Irish blessing-

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 During the resting and feebleness of our ladies Mr Castl [sic], Jep, and I have accomplished the feat of walking around the walls of Rome, taking it leisurely in four days tramp- with walking sticks, maps, guidebook and biscuit-twelve miles-

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Beginning at the northern extremity where the wall strikes the Tiber, past the Porta del Popolo, up and over the Pincian hill, around the Villa Medici which carries us away from the walls down through the Piazza della Trinita, in which stands another Egyptian obelisk before the church. There are six large obelisks in the city, all of which except the one before St Peters, are in three pieces, doubtless for convenience of transportation by the ancient galleys-

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 From this square a series of wide steps descends to the Via Babuino near the Piazza di Spagna, a favorite resort for beggars, peddlars [sic], and lazeroni generally, and where the costumes of the lower classes are well represented- the men looking like brigands and the women in gay colors with square, colored-cloths, folded, laying loose on ^top^ their heads and hanging down their backs, children the same-

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 As we enter the Via Sistina the protecting eagle of the American consul flaps his wings over us from the first building- A little farther leads us to a street that takes us back to the walls again where we are disappointed to find the Porta Pinciana closed and disused (since 1803)- Return again as far as the college of Ireland, thence by the church San Isidoro where two colossal statues in niches ornament the front, down by the Convent of the Cappucins

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