Rome in 1853–4: ‘They did not come back with the usual impressions’

  • Walter Cassels


They did not come back with the usual impressions of Rome. They said all their sympathies lay with the Greeks and not with the Romans, and that therefore even the associations had not the same strength for them. … They said that old Rome was so mixed up with new, and so scraped and polished up, they did not like it; but they saw it under unfavourable circumstances, their little boy having been ill all the time, many of their friends dying, and the pestilence about them.1 They seemed to think that you had all the bustle and parade of London and Paris without their conveniences.

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  • Walter Cassels

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