London in detail

Of all Priscilla’s travel books Perambulations in London is the one area of the world that she had personal knowledge having lived there for many years.  But unfortunately Perambulations is almost weighed down with an enormous amount of detailed description of places, streets, houses, buildings, monuments and famous people.  Not unexpectedly, Priscilla’s characters also visit prisons, workhouses, churches, hospitals and laying-in charities. This detail is communicated to the reader in thirty-three letters in five hundred pages. The first letters are from Charles de Vitry to ‘his dear boys’ followed by a series from Eugenius and Philip to school friends Roland and Frederic Spencer. The final thirteen letters are all from Edwin Middleton to Philip and Eugenius. There is only one letter from a female character: Catherine Middleton to her cousin Emma. The enclosed map is titled ‘London, Westminster, Southwark and the New Docks Eastward 1809 Engraved for P. Wakefield’s Perambulations’.

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