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harmonize with, and strengthen the good effects of the
climate. “The Prison when occupied, was (after the
cessation of a fever, which must have occurred anywhere
under the same circumstances) as healthy, if not more
so, than any other in the country.”
A carriage-road conducts the curious from Prince-town,
to Mr. Johnson's granite quarries, by some of the most
delightful views which can be afforded by the moorland
district. Successive tors vie with each other in grandeur,
until they are replaced by the blue Cornish hills, with
the promontory of Mount Edgcumbe, and the silvery
line of the ocean in the distance. The quarries to which
we now direct our attention are hidden from view, until
the spectator is close upon them. At one moment he
looks over the dreary moor without observing a human
being; in another an immense excavation presents itself
studded with workmen, as busily employed as bees in
the hive: some are boring holes in the flinty rock;
others are filling the cavaties with powder; some are
chipping the rude blocks into shape; others are lifting
their ponderous weight by cranes and levers; horses,
carts, and railroad waggons, are in constant employment,
to convey away the heavy masses of stone, (some twenty
feet in length) which have been made available in the
principal public works, lately carried on in the metro-
polis: the Post Office and London Bridge, were con-
structed of this strong material, and at present it is
furnished for building the new houses of parliament.
A substantial building of granite has been erected for
the clerk of the work: it is perfectly original in its
design and workmanship, and seems as firm as the rock
itself: this, with the houses of the workmen, and the
shops of the blacksmiths, forms quite a little hamlet in
the midst of the busy scene. Three hundred men were
recently in constant employment on the spot: their work
is very laborious, as the granite is very coarse-grained, and

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brittle. The blacksmiths are always busily employed in
sharpening the tools blunted by the stone.
A difficult road across the moor, suited only to tra-
vellers on horseback, conducts by a route of two miles,
to Merrivale-bridge.
Having thus returned to the road by which we set out,
it is perhaps necessary to conclude a long day’s excursion:
yet I would fain if my limbs permitted, remain longer
on the moor: I feel how inadequate is a short space to
describe the wonders of this interesting region. A week's
sojourn at Prince-town wonld alone enable a traveller to
make a thorough acquaintance with Dartmoor; and even
then, the beauties in the neighborhood of Moreton-hamp-
stead would remain unvisited.

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oe TAVISTOCK AND ITS WICINITY. 149

EXC URSION THE SIXTH.

BUCKLAND ABBEY, MEAvy, &c.

“Many an age
Has roll'd above the monk's now traceless grave,
Since through thine Abbey, Buckland, rang the notes
Of fair religion's hymn."

UR next excursion may be made to Buckland SN/Abbey, the seat of Sir Trayton Drake, at about Ž seven miles from Tavistock. Following the Plymouth road, we pass a number of beautiful views, to be observed from various points of the route. The scenery near Grenofen (a seat of the late Rev. Jonathan Phillipps Carpenter,) is peculiarly interesting. The river Walkham here flows through a deep valley, having on one side thick and shady woods, and on the other, the breezy slopes which ascend towards Roborough down. This landscape presents much of the attraction of Italian scenery: its secluded dell, and rising eminences, broken by a sudden ravine, and clothed with straggling furze and brushwood, might have furnished a fit subject for the pencil of Salvator Rosa. A turn in the road presents the scattered machinery of the Wheal Lopez mine: at a distance, and when half hidden by the trees, this usually uninteresting object has o a somewhat picturesque effect.

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