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SCENES AT HOME AND ABROAD.

BY

LORD WILLIAM LENN O X.

AUTHOR OF

“COMPTON AUDLEY,” “WELLINGTON IN PRIVATE LIFE,"

“PERCY HAMILTON,” &c.

“In works of humour, especially when a man writes under a fictitious personage,
the talking of oneself may give some diversion to the public.”-ADDISON.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. III.

LONDON:
HURST AND BLACKETT, PUBLISHERS,
SUCCESSORS TO HENRY COLBURN,
13, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

1855.

149. w. 160.

PRINTED BY CHARLES BEVAN AND SON, STREET'S BUILDINGS, CHAPEL STREET, GROSVENOR SQUARE.

PIILIP

COURTENAY.

CHAPTER I.

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'Immediate are my needs ; and my

relief
Must not be tossed and turned to me in words,
But find supply immediate.'

SHAKSPEARE.

UPON reaching Gloucester-place, I desired the coachman to pull up at a handsome-looking house; and, upon alighting, was happy to find that the person I was anxious to see was at

home.

“ The Duke of Stakelands is with Mr.

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Hawksley,” said the smartly-dressed butler ; 6 but if you will be good enough to walk into the library, my master will attend to you as soon as possible. I forgot," proceeded the man—“ Lord Bibury is waiting there ; so perhaps you will step into the dining

room.'

Following my guide, I entered an apartment fitted up in the most elegant style; the walls were panelled with oak; representations of the seasons, most exquisitely carved, filled the compartments upon one side, while, over a most beautiful mantelpiece of the purest Italian marble, appeared a chef d'ouvre of Correggio. A side-board, elaborately ornamented with the quaint devices of the time of Elizabeth, displayed some of the choicest specimens of Cellini's finest works of art in bronze; a rich Turkey carpet, gorgeous Genoa velvet curtains, a highly-polished mahogany table, Moroccocovered chairs, a chandelier of perfectly unique shape, in ormolu, completed the furniture of the room.

After a delay of a quarter of an hour, I was ushered through a tolerably sized library, filled with books, maps, and globes, into an inner office, in which Mr. Hawksley transacted his business ; here I was most politely received by the presiding genius of the place.

Mr. Hawksley's appearance was very much in his favour; he was particularly neat in his person and dress; and, although not, strictly speaking, handsome, his well - proportioned figure, his open and intelligent countenance, were admirably set-off by a toilet of faultless material, taste, and shape, and by a thorough attention to Brummel's advice—fine linen and country washing

The happy blending of colours in the artistical cut coat, waistcoat, and continuations' - the well-starched tie, without crease wrinkle—the cambric front, white as driven

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