Fifth Viscount Torrington in Cheltenham - early June, 1781
from Tour to the West, 1781, pages 9–10:
The walks both public and private, are shady and pleasant; opposite to the pump is a new long room, where the papers are taken in, as also sometimes unfortunate young gentlemen.―On the other side is a band of fiddles, to assist with their musick the operation of the waters. Sorry I am to own that such musick is to me as delightful as the opera band or Bachs concerts; for I think no musick is pleasant, but when you can chuse your distance, or time of attention; otherwise I suffer worse than a young fidler’s elbow.
John Byng, Tour to the West, 1781. In C. Bruyn Andrews (ed.), The Torrington Diaries Containing the Tours Throughout England and Wales of the Hon. John Byng (Later Fifth Viscount Torrington) Between the Years 1781 and 1794, volume 1 (London, 1934), p. 9–10. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1546516709989 accessed: 1 March, 2021
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|music at the spa||performed by a band of violins|
|Date/Time||early June, 1781|
|Listening Environment||in public|
All spelling and punctuation copied from the original.