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to see my very worthy friend Mr. Tipper, where we arrived at fifty minutes past seven, and break­fasted with my friend Tipper; after which we walked down to the sea, where we entertained ourselves very agreeably an hour or two. We also had the pleasure to see a lunet battery, erected there to guard the entrance of the harbour; it consists of five guns, 18-pounders, mounted and everything ready for action. There is a very neat house and magazine belonging to the fort, and a gunner resident there. We dined with my friend Tipper, on a legg of lamb boiled, a hot baked rice pudding, a gooseberry pye, a very fine lobster, green sallet and fine white cabbage. We staid with my friend Tipper till thirty minutes past four, and then came away, and came home safe and well about three minutes past nine."
The fort, which appears in the chapter head­ing, is still maintained, and is armed with Im­pounders and 6-inch guns, intended chiefly to guard the harbour from torpedo attack. During practice on clear days one may sometimes see smoke-rings rising from the mouths of the guns into the air with a rapid rotating motion, as regular as hoops. The site has long been devoted to purposes of fortification, for the vaulted passages and earthworks of the stronghold are within the limits of an ancient Down camp.
Very few works of any kind tell us as much of the past history of the county in comparatively recent days as the Diary of Mr. Turner, and Charles Fleet is well justified in saying it gives us "a picture of rural manners in the eighteenth century which is worth a whole library of learned essays, or sermons or fashionable novels," "we can see
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