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SCENES AT HOME AND ABROAD.
LORD WILLIAM LENN O X.
“COMPTON AUDLEY,” “WELLINGTON IN PRIVATE LIFE,"
“PERCY HAMILTON,” &c.
“In works of humour, especially when a man writes under a fictitious personage,
IN THREE VOLUMES.
149. w. 160.
'Immediate are my needs ; and my
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
“ The Duke of Stakelands is with Mr.
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
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