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1808 Excerpt: ...articles of gold and silver not necessary to the
celebration of mass, from all the churches. The convents too were
made to contribute very largely, and what had appeared at first but
a ferocious rabble of half naked banditti, was converted into a
well clothed, well equipped and well paid army. I was glad to find
that although several convents had been suppressed, there were
still some left, and that those were now safe with their property
under the protection of the law. " It may be improper that any
young people should be allowed to take the vows, but to a man
advanced in life, who has no family, or to a woman who has failed
of a 'settlement in the married state, a convent affords very
frequently the best retreat from inutility and want."--Hume. We saw
some good sculpture, and a great many good pictures; hut I
regretted that the talents of such distinguished artists should
have been employed upon imaginary miracles and martyrdoms. At night
we went to the great opera, for which we had in some measure
prepared ourselves by reading the piece that was to be performed,
but we by no means expected such a theatre. There were six rows of
boxes, of thirtysix in each, besides an extensive pit, and an
orchestra where there seemed at least fifty performers. I was
delighted to see your so well pleased; he has had in some measure,
you know, a musical education, and yet confessed, that he had never
heard musick before, or had conceived a possibility of such a union
of harmony and melody; such sweet voices and such an
accompaniment.--The scene changed still more frequently, I
observed, than upon the English stage, and the tendency of the
audience, with all their taste and sensibility, was rather to
encourage buffoonery in the actors, than any other talent. The o...
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