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Jepson Field Book volume 14 page 22 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

 
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Jepson Field Book volume 14 page 22
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Gravetye, Sussex The oak work, paneling, plaster fresco ceiling, is being done anew mainly in the great lower rooms.  The completed ones are hung with fine paintings, a few Corots among the number.  I had a mighty comfortable bedroom at one end of the wing, the Violet Room, the furniture rich and yet so simple that at first I scarcely noticed it.  An Englishman's bath tub was brought into the room for my use, hot water, a great abundance of towels (the only place I've found such), candles for light, a patent closet just outside the door in the passageway.  His library is full of fine books.  He is a great diletante as to books and goes in for fine paper, fine print, and rareties.  He insists that printing :::::::::  Oct. 29, 1905 nowadays has decayed and is cheap in every sense, and abominates the clay and glazed papers which are bad for the eyes and will go to pieces in a short time.  He is right in the main.  The machine work cannot equal the finest of the old handiwork.  His dining room is a large hall with an immense fire place at one end.  His housekeeper is a rather sour old lady of tyrranical disposition, dressed in black silk with white facings, and great bunches of keys dangling by chains from her waistbands.  Tyrranical - yet I suppose she takes the best care of him.  I dressed for dinner, of course, for the Englishman is great for full dress, and after the dessert he turned and said: Are you married?  No. Well I've never married - a nd I regret it every
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