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General Peachy, to whose family the property belongs. Shrubberies, lawns, and numerous beds of flowers are variously disposed over the surface of this interesting islet; while a luxuriant belt of trees, displaying their pensile forms, and drooping down to the brink of the water, surrounds this little domain, with the exception of a vista which has been cut through the foliage, and which exhibits to advantage the neatly-constructed edifice within, as well as the beauties of the lake without.
The view of the lake from this point is highly attractive ; embosomed as it is in a deep valley, and girt in by lofty mountains, with a partial exception to the north, where the crystal stream of the Derwent steals placidly along its silent course, to join the expansive waters of the adjoining Lake of Bassenthwaite.
After promenading through the grounds of this romantic retreat, and paying their respects to the proprietors of the villa, our eager tourists again arranged themselves in the boat, and directed their course to “ Lord's Island,” lying some distance off on the eastern margin of the lake. The waters, which were now ruffled by a slight breeze, reflected a thousand brilliant sparkles beneath the meridian sun. This islet, like the former, occupies an area of similar extent, and is adorned throughout with an equal luxuriance of trees and shrubs. A much superior interest, however, is attached to its sylvan bowers by the historical associations connected with it.
“And now," said Mr. Gracelove, addressing his eldest son Edmund, as the party landed from the boat, “ you ought to be able to inform us, my dear boy, having just returned from your studies at school, what the recollections consist of which are united with the spot of ground on which we stand.”
“ But, my dear papa,” replied Edmund,“ the books I have been reading at school-Virgil, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Euripides, don't speak at all either about the lake or of