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To the Editor of the Monmouthshire Merlin. JVIR. EDITOR ,N ature has so abundantly bestowed her trea- sures of beauty and grandeur on our neighbourhood, and has supplied us with so copious a store of whatever can interest the antiquary, that strangers and tourists are fully satisfied to cull the richest and most luxuriant oS our flowers, and to leave the rest to our own more leisurely inspection and enjoyment. It would not argue prejudice or presumption to say, that there are specimens of Nature's gifts, and of the venerable" ruins of Time, within a few miles of this town, which are seldom, perhaps never, visited by strangers, though confessedly in search of the pictu- resque and beautiful, but which would be of themselves quite adequate, in number and excellence, to secure to many extensive distr cts of England a name and character the very opposite to that which now attaches to them. And yet how few even of the inhabitants and natives of our lovely country themselves ever find time or inclination to visit these favoured spots, or to draw delight from the neglected treasures of nature or antiquity which invite us on every side. I am particularly struck with this reflection whenever I compare the Wye with the Monnow, in their points either of resemblance or of contrast. The Beauties of the Wye," the Scenery of the Wye," the Banks of the Wye, are celebrated thro' England far and wide. The Monnow is known (if known at all) only as one of the Wye's tributary streams, and as deriving all its im- portance, or even title to be mentioned, from having given its name to our town. There is a river in Monmouth, and there is a river in Macedon." The name of the river at Monmouth is Wye. Neither poet nor tourist deigns to know any other; and yet there is another well worth the attention and favour of both. There are scenes on the Monnow of no second-rate beauty; perhaps not surpassed by any thing of the kind on the Wye, or any other English or Welsh river with which I am ac- quainted. I do not mean, on the one hand, to compare any scenery on the Monnow, or on its tributary streams, with the Rocks of Cold Well, with New Weir, with Persfield, or Wynd- cliff; nor am I alluding, on the other hand, to any of those sweet. and retired modest beauties on the Monnow, to which almost every bend introduces the pedestrian as he traces that river from its mouth towards Treget, and Skenfrith, and Gros- mont; and further still. I would now confine my observation to the scenery which surrounds its cradle, and to the vallies through which its tributary streams flow from the mountains that give them birth. Those very mountains are known to many of your readers neither by name nor in character the streams of our own Monnow are equally strange to many of us with the rivers in the interior of Africa. Does this argue well for our taste, or for our love of our father-land ? If there is a Monmouth man, to whose mind the same sentiments have not again and again involuntarily presented themselves (when sojourning in a foreign and distant land) which dictated his songs to the Swiss minstrel, with him, as a fellow countryman, I confess myself to have little of common feeling. Oh! when shall I see the land of my birth? It's the loveliest land on the face of the earth. I have frequently, on former occasions, endeavoured to employ your columns, Mr. Editor, as a means of exciting in our country- men somewhat of livelier interest in the antiquities and natuial characteristics of our neighbourhood. My attempt, 1 fear, has been eminently unsuccessful. If, however, you think a few words written, without any pretensions to the higher powers of description, with the view of introducing your readers to a more familiar acquaintance with the Monnow from its source and in its progress likely to be acceptable, I shall have much pleasure in making the attempt in your next.' Your obedient servant, MON UMETHENSIS. [We shall be happy to receive the promised communications from our respected correspondent.—ED.]