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Jepson Field Book volume 13 page 164 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 13 page 164
Edinburgh to Melrose [September 14, 1905]  look at the last suit of clothes and tall white hat worn by Sir Walter and of two pen and ink drawings one representing a family dinner table, the lady raising the lid of the platter and revealing not meat but spurs. The expressions depicted are very good, so the men folk set about the usual foray. In the other picture the scion of the house is represented a prisoner, before the laird for sheep-stealing, punishable by death. The laird's wife and daughter sit by his side. He gives the youth the alternative of death or to marry his daughter. The daughter who has no looks to spare became in ecstasy at having so handsome and stretches forth her arms ::::::::: [Edinburgh to Melrose] Sept. 14, 1905  in delight for is not the prize of a handsome young husband already hers? The youth stands stroking his chin thoughtfully and replies: "It is bad enough road in aither case, but considering it both ways he thinks he'll die!" "But," said the solemn verger, "they didn't kill 'im after all and both families were ancestors of Sir Walter Scott." If Abbotsford were disappointing in this respect, not so Melrose Abbey. I went in and was left to examine and meditate all I pleased. It is a most wonderful ruin, the architectural features being emphasized by its being a ruin, especially the carving and
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