Departure from England

My friends expressed considerable surprise when I announced my determination to undertake a continental tour, and I believe many of them to the last moment doubted whether I seriously intended it. They did not fail to question how, with my personal defects, I proposed to make progress through a strange country, unaccompanied by even a servant to assist or protect me, and with an almost total ignorance of the language of the various peoples I was about to visit.

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