Old capital of the British Belgoe, county town of Hampshire, a bishop’s see, and parliamentary borough; stands among round chalk hills, sloping down to the Itchen.
Prettily situated on the Wiltshire Downs by the side of the river Kennet, where a Collegiate School is planted; and near which (at Tisbury), Jay, of Bath, was born, 1769. He was placed in the academy of the excellent Cornelius Winter (whom Bishop Jebb styles a “celestial creature”) at Marlboro, and went out before he was sixteen to preach to the poor despised rustics. “Our prudent tutor taught us not to rail or abuse, but simply to preach the gospel, and to avoid the offence of folly, when we could not avoid that of the cross.” Three years after he commenced his long career at Bath.
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Oxford is the capital of the rich midland county of the same name, and one of the most ancient cities of England.
Not only renowned for its antiquity and waters, but Bath is one of the best built cities in the United Kingdom.