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Mirror (Newspaper) - December 7, 1779, London, Middlesex THE M I R R O R. [No, LXL] Tuefda'y^ December 7. 1779. DURING the late intermimon of my labours, I paid a vifit of fome we�ks to my friend Mr Umphraville, whofe benevolence and worth never fail to give me the higheft pleafure, a plea-fure not leffened, perhaps, by thofe little fingularities of fentiment and manner, which, in fome former papers, I have defcribed that gentleman as pofleffing. At his houfe in the country, thefe appear to the greateft advantage; there they have room to fhoot out at will j and, like the old yew-trees in his garden, though they do look a little odd, and now and then tempt one to fmile, yet the raoft eccentric of them all have fomething venerable about them* , \Some of my friend's peculiarities may not only be difcovered in Ms manner and his difcourfe, but may be traced in his houfe and furniture, his garden and grounds. In his houfe ar-e large rooms, lighted by firiall Gothic windows, and acceffible only by dark narrow ftanxcafes j they are fitted up with old arras, and have cielings loaded with the mafly compartments of the laft age* where the heads: of bearded fages and laurelled emperors look grim and terrible, through the cobwebs that furround them. In his grounds you find ftiff rectangular walks, and ftraight narrow avenues. In his garden the yews and hollies ftill retain their primeval figures; lions and uni-. corns guard the corners of his parterres, and a fpread-eagle, of a remarkable growth, has his wings clipped, and his talons paired the . firft Monday of every month during fpring and fummer. The contempt in which, to a fomewhat unreafonable degree, he holds modern refinement, has led him to continue thefe antiquated particulars about him. The India-paper of fome of his fafhionable neighbours'
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