¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 the mouth of which were thrown secret communications, leading to the arrest of inspected persons, or rivals, whose fate might be surmised but never known- Inside the doorway we see the opening in the woodwork and the lock, from whence they drew these communications. The chambre, small comparatively, is rich yet severe- around the room is a single circle of black walnut seats bracketed to the wall, a plain board with the wall for a back, while behind rises a tall black walnut carved wainscotting resembling high Cupboards, above which and on the walls over head were fine large oil paintings. And in one corner a plain black walnut canopy over a small staging a single step from the floor.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 This Palace, unlike the Palaces heretofore visited, is devoid of furniture except the Books and statuary- The immense rooms are simply picture galleries. Their walls are every where covered, sides and overhead, with the largest frescoes I have ever seen and the best, too- One of them is said to be the largest oil painting in existence, 75 feet long- “Paradise” by Tintoretto. This room, one of the library rooms, is 154 ft long 75 ft wide and 45 ft high- covered with immense paintings.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The Book cases are low and the balance of the high walls are covered with oilpaint frescoes. The same style age and tint throughout the Palace- The Library contains 1200 thousand volumes, 20 000 mss. some old and valuable.