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Kettle!  The stair case & every room into wh. we were admitted were  [indecipherable] hung with portraits by old masters of great value - The china cabinets & other objects of [indecipherable] were numerous -
Returned to a late dinner.
30th.  Drove to Hawthornden passing on the road thro" the beautiful Vale of [indecipherable] on the Esk - Hawthornden is [indecipherable] known as the [indecipherable] abode of the Poet Drummond, &  [indecipherable] every particular [indecipherable] it is very romantic & beautiful - we were there as [indecipherable] in the [indecipherable] fm wh it is said [indecipherable] held forth under the [indecipherable] some [indecipherable] caves, supposed to have sheltered [indecipherable] Bruce - The only entrance to these caves in his day, was over a deep well x / still existing & which an enemy attempted to  [indecipherable] by withdrawing the covering,
x a horrible place

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