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VI.
LONDON.

"FROM this moment I cease to be the commander-in-chief. Livy adores England, can speak the language, understands the money, and knows all about London; so she shall be leader, and I will repose after my long labor." With this remark, Amanda retired from office, covered with glory, and her mates voted to erect a statue in her honor as a token of their undying gratitude.

Lavinia took the lead from the moment they landed at St. Catherine's Wharf, and though somewhat demoralized by a rough passage of eighteen hours from Antwerp, was equal to the occasion. She did love England, and thought London the most delightful city in the world, next to Boston. Its mud and fog were dear to her; its beef and beer were nectar and ambrosia, after the continental slops and messes; its steady-going, respectable