We dinned at South hampton and set out after dinner for Salsbury 22 miles, where we
meant to have passt the night and taken a view of the Town, but when we reachd the
Inn we found it fully occupied, and not a single Bed to be had neither at the Inn
we went to, or any other in Town, the Court of Assize being held there for the week.
Tho nine oclock we were obliged to proceed to the next stage eleven miles, which we
did not accomplish till eleven oclock. We then put up at an inn in a small thatchd
villiage Woodyats by Name. We were neatly accommodated, but not a single Hut in sight.
Through a Country as fertile as Eden and cultivated like a Garden you see nothing
but misirable low thatchd Huts moulderd by time with a small old fashiond glass window
perhaps two in the whole House. A stone floor is very common. One may travell many
miles without seeing a House. On some lone Heath a Shepeards Cottage strikes your
Eye, who with his trusty dog is the keeper of a vast flock owned by some Lord, or
Duke. If poverty, hunger and want should tempt him to slay the poorest Lamb of the
flock, the penal Laws of this Land of freedom would take his Life, from thence I presume
the old proverb took its rise, one had as goods be hanged for a Sheep as a Lamb, and
if the Lord or Duke was murderd the poor man would no more forfeit his life, than
for the Sheep or Lamb, yet surely the crime is very different.