Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine,  1 (1817), 27–30.

Memorandums of a View-Hunter



Letter, Introduction; Reminiscences, Drollery


Travel, Geology, Speculation, Political Economy, Race, Controversy

    Viewing the white cliffs of France from Dover, the narrator and his companion discuss 'the probability of the junction of Great Britain formerly with the Continent'. They consider that the 'geological phenomena' make it likely, but deem the question to be 'ever [...] a doubtful speculation'. The interruption of a Jewish money-changer cause the narrator to reflect on the value of paper money and the activities of 'our bullion committee'. (29) He and his companion are at odds on the issue, and 'it is well known, that a regular argumentation on paper and metal money, unless abruptly terminated by a quarrel or a duel [...] seldom [...] abates its violence in less than two hours and a half' (30).

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