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��Court, " the crowd was so great," writes Horace Walpole, "that even the noble mob in the drawing-room clambered upon chairs and tables to look at her." As she passed down to Scotland, " seven hundred people," it was reported, " sat up all night in and about an inn in Yorkshire to see her get into her post-chaise next morning." ' Here, too, is a small but lovely picture of her sister, the Countess of Coventry. On her going down to her husband's


country seat near Worcester, " a shoemaker in that town got two guineas and a half by showing a shoe that he was making for her at a penny a-piece." : In striking contrast with the two sisters are many of the portraits which hang on the walls. It is a strange com- pany which is brought together : Mary, Queen of Scots, and her half-sister, a Countess of Argyle ; Oliver Cromwell ; the Marquis of Argyle, and just below him Charles II., who sent him to the scaffold ; the earl, his son, who was beheaded by James II. ; and

��Horace Walpolc's Letters, ii. 281, 285.

��- Ib. p. 293.

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