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NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE. No. 49.]
FEBRUARY 1, 1818. [Vol. IX.
JOURNAL OF A Tour in ENGLAND, IN the English coast. Packets sail regularly 1815 and 1816,
every day for Dover, and this passage From the M. S. Notes of their Imperial is preferred to that of Calais. Highnesses the Archdukes John & LEWIS The remains of Napoleon's camp are of AUSTRIĄ.
still to be seen. On the east side of the ON our arrival at Boulogne, October harbour are fortifications and batteries 21st, 1815, we alighted at the Hotel which mutually flank each other, and d'Angleterre, and the first thing we did have occasioned this part to be called the was to enquire for the captain com- iron coast. At the extremity of the manding the royal yacht which was to heights to the north of Boulogne was convey us over. The yacht was in the the principal telegraph which correroad; the next day was fixed for our sponded with others, along the coast. departure ; but during the night a storm The scaffolding for the pyramid intended obliged all the vessels to leave the "to have been erected is still standing. harbour. We were therefore neces. It was on the strand that Napoleon sitated to postpone our departure for reviewed his troops. To the west the one day, and we availed ourselves of this heights are fortified. On either side interval to visit the environs of the there are forts, which at flood tide are town,
surrounded with water; they are built The port is formed by the small river of stone, and are placed upon different Liane, and by a basin of recent con- points of the coast. The basin of the struction. Two moles project into the harbour, and all the works that now exist sea; the eastern one is prolonged by a here, were the creation of Buonaparte ; dyke to a wooden battery upon piles, and but in spite of them all, the entrance upon the western there is a battery, into and departure from this port bare adjoining to the dyke.
continued to be difficult; and it is easy The coast is steep: it is formed by a to conceive how much time it would have series of hills which exhibit calcareous taken for so great a number of vessels as strata. A sand-bank projects into the were here collected, to get out one by sea, and this has rendered it necessary to one, as they would have been obliged to carry out the two stone dykes to facilitate do. All the boats were built in the the egress and prevent ihe mouth from basin, and along the river; here too they being choked up. At ebb tide the were stationed, and two hundred thousand vessels are left aground in the mud; the soldiers were encamped on the heights. sand-bank is then dry to the extent of Of all these preparations nothing is now more than 200 fathoms; and it is fre to be seen but the traces of the fortificaquented by women for the purpose of tions, the works of the port which are gathering the muscles deposited upon it no longer kept up, and two large halfby the sea. At flood there is 14 feet rotten Bat-bottomed boats. Such is all water in the port and against the that remains of the inmense enterprize eastern dyke. We witnessed the diffi- which cost France upwards of three culty there is in entering the barbour; hundred millions (12,500,000!). a vessel which had not sufficiently gained A great deal has been written both the wind for the purpose being obliged for and against the question whether the to stand out again to sea.
invasion of England would have been Boulogne contains 13,000 inhabitants. practicable or not. So much is certain, It is built on the slope of the hills on the that it must have been attended with right bank of the Liane. The town is very material difficulties. The embarkairregular, and the houses of a greyish tion could not have taken place without stone, whicb, together with the bareness being perceived ; the vessels must have of the surrounding eminences, gives it quitted the port one after another, and a dull and dreary appearance. The drawn up in line in the road to risk the inhabitants are chiefly engaged in com- passage ; during which they would have merce and the fisheries: the berring- bad to cope with the English feet, and fiswery is very considerable, and is said after all io land the troops on a coast to produce 1,500,000 francs per annum. lined with rocks. Whoever is acIt is carried on in the Channel towards quainted with the advantage's pose NEw MONTALY MAQ,-No, 49,