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Letters from London 1725-1730
Journey up the Rhine (continued)
César de Saussure

23rd to 28th April: Strasbourg to Coblentz

23rd April
They leave Strasbourg and pass the fortress of St Louis, arriving at Seltz. 
24th April
They pass Hagenbach and arrive late at Philipsbourg. 
25th April
They pass Spire, and around midday reach Mannheim, where the Elector Palatine has a palace, and Worms that evening. 
26th April
They pass Oppenheim and arrive at Mayence (Mainz) at 5 o’clock, where they visit the gardens of the Elector of Mainz and buy a stock of Mayence hams.
27th April
They stop at Bacharach, where they taste the wines, and overnight at Caüb.
28th April
To St Goar, where some fellow travellers are subjected to a baptism by the soldiers of the garrison there, past the fortress of Hesse-Rheinfels, and to Coblentz.

 

29th April to 3rd May: Coblentz to Arnheim

29th April
To Bonn, where they visit the ordinary residence of the Elector of Cologne.
30th April
To Cologne, then Wistorp.
1st May
To Dusseldorf, where they visit the palace of the Elector Palatine (the same man who has his capital at Mannheim).
2nd May
To Wesel, where they see some of the King of Prussia’s soldiers.
3rd May
Past Rees and Emmeric, which belong to the King of Prussia, to Arnheim, the first town in Holland.

4th May to 13th May: Arnheim to Helvoets-luys

4th May
Past Rhenen and Wyck, where they enter the River Leck, to Culembourg.
5th May
To Schoonhoven. Here he and 6 or 7 others hire a coach to Rotterdam, where he stays for three days, visiting also Delft and the Hague. 
12th May
He embarks on an English sloop.
13th May
Anchored at Helvoet-Sluys.

14th May to 20th May: Helvoets-luys to London

14th May
Contrary winds.
15th May
At sea.
16th May
They sight the coast of England, but are blown back.
17th May
High seas.
18th May
They again sight the coast of England.
19th May
They arrive at the mouth of the Thames and drop anchor, waiting for high tide.
20th May
Close to Gravesend. They hire some small boats to take them on shore, arriving at the Tower of London between 7 and 8 o’clock in the evening.

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