|Title||Lyon dissertation no. 9. MS|
|Date||1785 - 1787|
|Type||Academic prize contest entry|
|Physical Description||Bibliothèque de l'Académie de Lyon, MS 237-3, ff. 135-150.|
Advice on educational benefits of travel
Advice on note taking and writing travels
General discussion of the utility of travel
Instructions on health during travels
Scheme or exemplar for description
|Notes||The reviewer of the Lyon contest, count Laurencin, discarded this dissertation in absolute despair at having to read such poor works. It is indeed a collection of clichés, written in a pompous style which might be attempting to impress, but falls flat.|
The dissertation declares travel to be useful, when performed correctly, and recommends a Mentor to accompany the youngster. Someone who has travelled is much better prepared to face any situation than those who remained in their homes; travelling also benefits the body.
The only original feature of the text is offering, in the second half, advice and an examplar for the description of a non-specified country (a city and the surrounding countryside) - a practice that was widespread in 16th-century apodemic texts, but less usual in the 18th.