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A TOUR OF INQUIRY

THROUGH

FRANCE AND ITALY.

VOL. I.

A TOUR OF INQUIRY

THROUGH

FRANCE AND ITALY,

ILLUSTRATING

THEIR PRESENT SOCIAL, POLITICAL, AND

RELIGIOUS CONDITION.

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SUCCESSORS TO HENRY COLBURN,

13, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

1853.

LONDON:

Printed by Schulze and Co., 13, Poland Street.

PRE FACE.

с. рт. ст

“ Boast not thyself of to-morrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” How peculiarly applicable are these inspired words to the political events of our day. A new era has dawned on the world, a spirit of innovation-or rather let us say of social and religious improvement—has arisen, and it were as vain to attempt to arrest its progress, as to reverse the order of the seasons.

Unhappily, however, for mankind, systems

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