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Belle Skinner Journal Saturdayday, August 20, 1887

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Saturday, Aug. 20 ’87

We left Edinburgh on the 10:30 train this morning for Melrose, and arrived here at the Asbury Hotel an hour later.  Before lunch we drove to Abbotsford. Sir Walter Scott’s old home, three miles from Melrose. It is a beautiful place. A large, handsome home surrounded by magnificent grounds.  The home is now used and occupied by Walter’s great, great, great, grand-daughter, Lady Maxwell Scott. We walked from the road up to the house through a long lane with ivy covered walls on either side. Reaching the house, and mounting a short flight of stairs, the first room we entered was Sir Walter’s study. Here, as in all the other rooms, everything is just as he left them at his death, 1832.  His old leather arm chair stands in front of his study table. The walls are covered with book-cases containing a part of his library. In this room too, we were shown his numerous walking sticks. In a little outer room is a…

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bust made after death. We passed from this room into his library, a much larger room, containing with the books in his study 20,000 volumes. On one wall here is a life size painting of Sir Walter’s oldest son. In this room too is the original marble bust from which all the statues of the poet are copied. Here there is also a table case of curiosities collected by Scott. Such as the Duke of Wellington’s hair, etc. Next we entered his dressing room, covered with Japanese hand painting. In here are many portraits of his family, himself, and a few friends. We saw here an ebony writing desk and chairs presented by George IV. The next room we saw was covered with armour, guns, shields, swords, pistols, etc. presented by various persons of note. Here we was shown the original journal, case, iron, in which Mary, Queen of Scotts, hid her jewels in the ruins. We also saw some thumb screws here. The next…

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