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CHAP. IV. Besankovitch, the Residence of Count Crep- lovitch,
remarkable for the Characters of its present Owners, and for having
been the Head-Quarters of Buonaparte, in his Route to
Moscow?Accidental Detention on the Road?Description of a Russian
Kabac? Meeting with the Count Romanzoff-?Mog- Uloff. Besankovitch
is the residence of Count Creptovitch, a Polish nobleman. Mr. Y.
having heard from Count Platoff, that this gentleman had been long
in England, and was much attached to the English, and that he was
anxiously pursuing an improved system of agriculture on his estate,
he (Mr. Y.) resolved to visit him in passing; and at the station
before he reached Besankovitch, he sent over a servant with a
letter to the Count, who returned a very handsome answer written in
English, inviting the party to go 38 ARRIVAL AT BESANKOVITCH.
there, for which purpose he sent us horses the following morning.
From Dubovinka to Besankovitch is twenty- one versts. We set off
late in the morning, and the road being very bad, it was getting
dusk when we came within sight of the Count's residence. Here we
again crossed the Dvina; the descent to it is extremely bad, the
road lying below a rock on one side, the other having a
perpendicular precipice overhanging the river, and being so very
narrow, that our carriage, which was somewhat wider than the rest,
was in great danger of being precipitated down its rocky side; but
having eight or ten men to assist in getting it safe down, they
recovered its balance, and we reached the opposite shore in safety.
Here another delay was occasioned by one of the carriages getting
set fast, and the ice not being strong enough to bear well, the
horses could not draw it out. After much difficulty it was
extricated, and at length we reached the chateau of ...
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