Mrs Middleton’s holiday

In the first sentence of A Family Tour the reader learns that Mrs Middleton is a widow, that she lives in the village of Richmond and is the mother of several children with the eldest being a girl called Catherine. The previous summer they had spent time in Brighton, for the sake of one of the children’s health, but Mrs Middleton was not in favour of a return there because watering-places ‘formed habits of idleness and trifling’.  Instead she proposes a tour of the British Empire advising the children to ‘imprint it on you memories, that we do not travel for the amusement of the moment, but for the sake of collecting useful knowledge’.

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