An excursion into the West of England during the month of July 1799

In Four Letters to a Friend, Letter II, The Monthly Visitor and Entertaining Pocket Companion, Vol. 8


John Evans, AM

London: H D Symonds (1799), pp. 140-157

Prepared by Michael Steer

This popular periodical, of the type known as a 'pocket companion', was produced by a group styling themselves A Society of Gentlemen and published by H D Symonds (London) between 1797 and 1804. The later volumes were published in London by T Hurst. The section on Devonshire is an account in eulogistic terms of the author's visit to Sidmouth and Sidbury, then on to Torbay, where he writes at length on the landing in 1688 of William Prince of Orange. As entertainment he recounts the fabled introduction of Mr John Duke of Otterton, whose surname led him to be mistaken by the Prince as a senior member of the peerage. This rare book was produced from a digital copy held by the New York City Library that can be downloaded from Google Books. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. Those on which copyright has expired are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Derham 145, 148
Duke, Mr John 155-6
Fenelon 143
Fordyce, Dr James 147
Herbert, Admiral 154
James II 153
Johnson, Dr 156
Mackay, Major General 154
Nassau, Count 155
Robinson, Mr 148
Solms, Count 155
Thomson 141, 157
William III 153-6