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Chapter 9: Journey from Barcelona to Madrid. Madrid. Conde. government of Spain. the Inquisition. public institutions. education. School for deaf-mutes. bull-fights. To Elisha Ticknor. Madrid, May 23, 1818. My last was from Barcelona, dear father and mother, just fourteen days ago. As you may well suppose, in a country such as this, where all comfortable or decent means of travelling fail, I took the shortest route to reach this place; but, though the distance i
opportunity to purchase provisions, you cannot keep so provided that you will not sometimes want a meal.
Since I left Barcelona I have not been in a single inn where the lower story was not a stable, and of course the upper one as full of fleas as a certain degree of obedience, and the king decrees it; but the obedience may or may not follow, as in a case I knew at Barcelona, where an oppressed individual demanded simply a hearing of his case.
The king ordered it by a formal decree to be had