Mr. B. Hollis, Miss Brand, Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Smith, and I walked to Mill Green, or
Mill Hill the Seat of a Mr. Allen a Banker of London.1
We walked over the Pleasure Grounds and Kitchen Garden and down to Cocytus, a canal
or Pond of Water surrounded with Wood in such a Manner as to make the Place gloomy
enough for the Name. This is a good Spot, but Mr. Allen has, for want of Taste, spoiled
it by new Pickett Fences at a great Expence. He has filled up the Ditches and dug
up the Hedges and erected wooden Fences and brick Walls, a folly that I believe in
these days is unique. They are very good, civil People, but have no Taste.