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3r (SM volume 80)


3r (SM volume 80)


Wednesday Eveng / Agreed to enter in the South front, / the oblong Room between the Bows - & to / make leaden Gutters to that part of the / House where the Roof is fixed to be taken / off - / Mem.[orandum] Wish exceedingly not to take / off the Roof as fearful it cannot produce / the desired effect i.e. that of preventg / the Chys from smoking. - / Augst 10 Fix'd to write to England for somebody / to paint the long Gallery, the side of / it next the Rooms only in Arabesque / Pergolas / Also to write to Mr (Richard) Holland for a / good Carpenter & joiner - perhaps / Willm Derham can be had



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