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ing, and picturesque, as will be per-, bellishing the grounds, sold the whole ceived on reference to the annexed to John Macnamara, Esq. of whom View.

it was purchased in 1783 by the preThe pleasure-grounds are beauti- sent noble proprietor. fully romantic, and the shrubberies The prevailing opinion is, that St. tastefully laid out. The entrance to Leonard's Hill was a Roman enthe grounds from the Windsor road campment; and the discovery of some is by a very pretty rustic lodge, which antique coins, many of Vespasian, displays great taste in its arrange- Trajan, and the Lower Empire, with ment. Its form is pleasing, and the some spear - heads, and a curious exterior is covered in a fanciful man- brasslamp, hasconsiderably strengthner with the bark of trees, while ened this notion. A field on the desome portion is constructed of the mesne, named the Hermit's Field, actual stems and unbarked blocks, which some time since contained a presenting their rude surface for the well, called the Hermit's Well, corsupport of the jessamine and flower-roborates the traditionary saying, ing plants that adorn it.

that St. Leonard's Hill in former The Duke of Gloucester, after em- || times was the abode of a hermit.

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THE SEAT OF LORD GAMBIER.

Tuis house is situated on Shred- || Still it is generally admitted, that he dings-Green, in the parish of Iver, succeeded more than any other archibetween Uxbridge and Windsor. tectinforming a general whole, which, Though small, it is a fine specimen when viewed at a distance, possesses of the taste of Sir John Vanbrugh, a magnificent and imposing effect. whose works, generally speaking, This mainly results from the towerpossess an originality, and a pictu- ing elevations and bold projections resque and stately appearance, that in which he so much delighted. are not to be met with in

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other The present specimen, though master: there is a boldness and a small, possesses all those characterismasculine feeling, as exemplified in tics: it was built by Sir John for the the present moderate-sized mansion, widow of Lord Mahon*. The pleawhich is the result of a breadth of sure-grounds and garden are laid out parts, always aimed at and observa- with great taste; the whole exhibitble in this artist's works. Though ing a snug and comfortable appearhe had the good fortune to raise ma- It was purchased by the ny edifices on an extensive scale, they present noble proprietor of Mrs. are costly without grandeur, and large Colborne, relict of F. Colborne, without sublinity. The heaviness Esq. that pervades the buildings erected by him gave rise to the well-known * Lord Mahon fought a duel with the couplet:

Duke of Hamilton, which proved fatal Lie heavy on him, Earth! for he

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No. VI. I have said that Mr. Mortimer's || don-by those who were not so richly arrival was the signal for our removal | endowed with the gifts of Fortune; from Smith's hotel to the house of a for to hint at the possibility of one friend of his, Mr. Brown, a mer- man or woman being inferior to anchant, whose family consisted of him- other in America, is a high misdeself, a wife, two daughters, and a meanour. The son, I have already son, with an establishment of three said, was a finished coxcomb: he female and two male slaves. We wore a short nankeen jacket, white found our host and hostess hospi- | jean trowsers and waistcoat, and table, well - disposed people; their straw hat; and never stirred out withdaughters showy and rather agree-out an immense umbrella, to protect able girls; and the son quite a cox- him from the rays of the sun. Incomb. Compared with the same deed in America I soon found an class in England, this family was umbrella indispensable, and no genmany degrees behindhand in civili- | tleman was without one: if the sun zation; the extent of the daughters' | shone, it was used by way of parasol; accomplishments was reading and and if it rained, it served as a shelter writing, the latter without much at- from the storm. The youth I am tention either to orthography or gram- | alluding to was occupied in his famar, and a very superficial knowledge ther's counting-house all the mornof music. They had been taught to | ing, and was extremely eager in purdance; but their movements bore asuing the main chance: the afternoon greater resemblance to the oscillations he devoted to drinking large tum. of an elephant, than to the elegant blers of grog, apple-toddy, or whismotions of a votary of Terpsichore. 1 key punch; or in frequenting the Of music they knew nothing, and taverns, and playing fives, shuffletheir native “wood-notes wild," as board, billiards, or any other of the their fond mother termed the sounds | games of chance or of hazard which which they sometimes emitted, were were practised at those places of reas unharmonious as can possibly be sort. Gaming and drinking, I soon conceived. Yet they were good-found, were the two great pursuits, humoured, and less pretending than next to that of getting money, of the we found most American women; | young Americans. and they were excellent housewives Of Mrs. Brown I can only speak in one respect : they understood the in terms of kindness; she was a very art of cooking in perfection, though || motherly sort of body, and thought it was but seldom that they exercised she could never do enough to render it. I should add, that their dress her guests comfortable. She took was according to the English mode care that we should have substantial of two years previous; and I found meals, and that every delicacy of the that the London fashions were fol- | season should be found upon the talowed here by those who set the ton, ble, of which she did the honours and imitated, at an humble distance, in a way that would not have discreby their inferiors-I beg their par-dited an English lady. The only drawback on the pleasure we all felt manufactures to his countrymen. He in her society was her inquisitiveness. was usually habited in a pair of open We had been told that this was a trowsers, and a long coat, something distinguishing feature in the Ame- like our surtouts, made from a sperican character; but at the hotel we cies of cotton cloth of American mahad experienced very little inconve- nufacture; and when he saw his wife nience from it. Mrs. Brown, how- and daughters dressed in the silks or ever, was never weary of asking ques- linens of England, he would exclaim, tions; morning, noon, and night, she “ Aye, there they go! What can came with her budget of inquiries, you expect from the common herd, to which we were obliged to find an- when the wife and daughters of old swers; and I believe, before we quit- John Brown, who was the friend and ted Baltimore, she was as well ac- companion of Putnam, and who shed quainted with every incident in our his blood to establish the independlives as we were ourselves. The ence of his country, must decorate daughters had a spice of their mo- their persons in the fripperies and ther’s disposition; but, to me at least, gewgaws of the unnatural parent, their cross-examinations were more against whose tyranny we were foroed agreeable than those of Mrs. Brown. to rebel?"_“ Well

, well, John,” the What man can be angry when a old lady would say, we must do as young and pretty girl takes it into our neighbours do; and we are not her head to feel interested enough the worse friends to America because about him, to make his history, con- we dress ourselves in the Englishers' duct, character, and prospects, the goods."—" Aye, father," said the subject of her inquiries?

young Brown, " and how should we The old gentleman was quite a be able to live if every body was of character. He had been a lieutenant your opinion? You know as well as in the revolutionary war, and had I, that all our money is made by sell, imbibed a great dislike to the Eng-ing English manufactures; and I fanlish: hence, perhaps, arose the friend-cy we should drive a dull trade if ship between him and Mr. Mortimer, every American was to take to wear. who, both publicly and privately, ing cloth of domestic make.” Here made no scruple of abusing the land I chimed in. “ You should reflect," of his birth, and of ascribing the said I, “ that your taxes are chiefly most iniquitous motives to its govern- defrayed from the duties on your ment. Englishmen he represented foreign imports, most of which come as the natural enemies of America; from England. If you become a and he could scarcely think any one manufacturing nation, the expenses of them honest, unless he left his of your local and general governcountry branded with the character, ments will require a larger sum to be of a seditious demagogue or a trai-raised by direct and internal taxator. With such a man it was not tion: how would that agree with

your likely I should long agree: but of habits and predilections?” Here Mr. that hereafter. Mr. Brown would Mortimer burst out into an invective not wear any garment manufactured against all tax-gatherers and those from English goods, though he gain- who lived upon their produce; and ed his livelihood by selling British a warm political dialogue ensued,

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