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(without typos) from the publisher. 1839. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... ABBOTSFORD DESCRIPTION. Some years ago, there was not a more
unlovely spot in this part of the world, than that on which
Abbotsford now exhibits all its quaint architecture and beautiful
accompaniment of garden and woodland. A mean farm house stood on
part of the site of the present edifice; a "kale-yard" bloomed
where the stately embattled court-yard now spreads itself; and for
many thousand acres of flourishing plantations, half of which have
all the appearance of being twice as old as they really are, there
was but a single long straggling stripe of unthriving firs. The
river, however, must needs remain in statu quo; and any place so
near those clearest and sweetest of all waters, never could u have
been quite destitute of charms. The scene, however, was no doubt
wild enough, --a naked moor--a few little turnip fields painfully
reclaimed from it--a Scotch cottage--a Scotch farm yard, and some
Scots firs. It is difficult to imagine a more complete contrast to
the present Abbotsford. Sir Walter Scott was a most zealous
agriculturist, and arboriculturist especially; and it was allowed
that he had done things with this estate, since it came into his
possession, which would have been reckoned wonders, even if they
had occupied the whole of a clever and skillful man's attention,
during more years than he was Laird of Abbotsford. There is some
excellent arable land on the banks of the Tweed, towards the little
town of Melrose, which lies some three miles from the mansion; but
the bulk of the property is hilly country, with deep narrow dells
interlacing it. Of this he planted fully one half, and it is
admitted on all hands, that the rising forest has been laid out,
arranged, and managed with consummate taste, care, and success. So
much. so, that the general appearance...
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