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2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 In both “houses” the members sit on long benches without divisions,
of which there are five rows on two sides of each room. They
are covered with red leather. In the Peers, there is no mark
to show x what part of the bench is specially designed for a member
but in the Commons about every three feet there is a brass plate for
receiving a card, and in the clerks desks stands a placard di-
recting that the cards shall be put up at the hour of prayer.
No tables before members, or other conveniences. Quite different
from the American revolving chairs, paper baskets, tables covered with papers,
and individual gaslights. The “speaker” or chairman sits in a
high chair under the strangers gallery without a table before
him. Outside the room, is a rotunda elaborately ornamented
containing clumsy hat racks, where, under each peg is the name
of the lordly owner. A few ordinary pictures, and a little
statuary comprise the total of their attractions, no magnificent
foridors [sic], grand stairways, and noble architecture, with convenient
fooms and sensible divisions as at Washington.
I desired to hear the Peers in session, which requires a
special permit from high authority. I applied to
the American Legation and received a permit assigning me
the hour of 5 P.M. Four days ahead. I went in
time- showed my pass to ten different constables at every
door and turn, reached the strangers gallery, which was
quickly filled with all it would hold, about 150. Along the
two sides, and end opposite to us, was a gallery just wide enough
for one row of seats, for the nobbs- and their families-
Below, under our gallery sat the chairman, at the opposite end stands

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