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2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 views along the greater part of the three branches of the lake. The grounds combine the forest and park, not overly clean, but the arbors, grottos, and resting places where the walks come out to “good views”,   add a pleasing charm to the whole.   The very large white plastered house is plain in style.   A fine road leads up to the house but none other than the family are allowed to use it.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 This promontory is said to command the most extended view of any Villa on the Lake, And we hurried up to get a “fine view of the sunset”. This sunset business is a great humbug, except upon the sea coast,  a sunset over these mountains looks the same from the valleys- Half away up, another gateway required another set of fees to that gardner [sic], and coming down the woman guide received another.   This old Duke must be making money off us Greenhorns-

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 1 25th   We had a treat last night not included in the programme. At nine oclock the Aurora Borealis or northern lights began upon a scaleof magnificence which I had never before seen.   And the natives say they never saw the like before.     Our landlords superstitious family would not venture out to see it. The heavens were covered with a flaming red light, from a point a little south of east to nearly west, covering almost the whole northern half of the heavens, the central point being Northwest, where the light was white. Every where the stars shone brightly through it- Occasionally, streaks of white light would slowly shoot up over our heads through the subdued red flame.     Increasing and diminishing,   the flames gradually moved around into the East and west, leaving it clear in the north,   when the

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