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

Jepson Field Book volume 14 page 22
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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