Aragon, maddest part of Spain

Mr. T. was struck with the number of lunaticks confined in the several provinces of Spain:

“Mr. T. was struck with the number of lunaticks confined in the several provinces of Spain. In

Arragon 244
Catalonia 114
Valencia 121
Andalusia 99
Grenada 41
Toledo 42
Leon 2
Avila 1

In the other interior provinces no mention is made of this malady.” The Ancient Kingdom of Aragon has more nutters than the rest of Spain put together, which sounds about right.
(Review of Joseph Townsend, A journey through Spain, in the years 1786 and 1787 in The gentleman’s magazine. I wonder what happened to Townsend’s attempt to demonstrate the Mosaic account of the Flood by travelling from Barcelona to Switzerland.)

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