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9 (SM volume 164)


9 (SM volume 164)


This Villa is exceedingly in ruins / yet there are many marks of its / former grandeur, such as the / great extent, the dimensions of / many rooms, the Marbles of all sorts / &c. The wood wc leads to this / Villa is filled with Oaks exceedingly / fine Cork Trees, & many of the / Albitus (Arbutus or Strawberry Tree) which bears fruit resembg / our Strawberries but larger; the / soil is sandy, & the situation is / delightful perfectly dry & Warm / commanding the most pleasing & extensive / prospects; the lake is in front of the house



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