Excerpt from Peloponnesus: Notes of Study and Travel
During the tour I was occupied in comparing local features and extant remains with the conclusions of Colonel Leake and the testimony of ancient authors, especially Pausanias. In this task I was materially aided by the larg... e French map; and I had throughout the advantage of the counsels of my friend and fellow traveller Professor Thompson.
In writing the book my plan has been the same. I have deliberately abstained from consulting more recent writers on the subject. Where, for special reasons, I have deviated from this rule, I have always mentioned the author referred to. If I had discussed all the theories broached by modern travellers and scholars, I should have given my text an air of controversy or of oommen tary, and overloaded my notes with references, which would indeed have been caviare to the general.'
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