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Whose ample lawns are not asham'd to feed
HE entrance into these extensive
and delightful grounds, immediately prepossesses the mind in their favour, and leads the spectator to imagine he shall meet with numberless charms in the ramble through those hanging woods, which appear so rich and inviting.
An easy winding path, from a gatę near the offices, strikes through a level and extensive lawn, decorated with lofty trees, promiscuously scattered on either side, to a neat lively building, called
Here Here is a striking proof of the necessity of every designer, carrying in his eye those improvements which the minuteft places require : a more important effect never rose from a trifle than appears from this place, and that only by erecting this building on a gentle elevation. The stranger without suspicion or expectation of the least change, from the rural fimplicity that surrounds him, pleasing himself with the view of those lofty crowned hills, those rich lawns, and other objecs, in a moment, when he mounts the quick swell, stands amazed at the luxuriance of the opening scene. To surprize, as I observed before, is the foul of taste; and here is a noble example of that observation.
*The seat of the Earl of Stamford, in Staffordshire,
A large circuitous sheet of water extends itself over an ample body of ground in the midst of a thousand natural beauties which beggar description. At the farthermost extent of the water, sweeping
up a valley, appears a bold cascade, guhing fiercely from three diftinc fills among rocks, broken, raggel, and bold ; evergreens are cufted artlessly about the foaming current, which give the water a more lively brightness, and firengthen the gloom that surrounds it. · Above this well-designed cascade, in the midst of a noble ascent, covered with a thick wood, appears a chapel; and, more on the left, the farm house, both of which, peeping among the trees, have a pleasing effect. From hence, itill farther on the lett, the scene becomes moreopen; the lawn spreads and rises gently up to a grove and single detached trees. This bounds the view that way, and affords a beautiful contrast to the other side more gay and animated.
Those noble woods that grace the opposite hills steal down their gay fides, clad in the sweetest verdure, then sweep between the deep vales up again to a large L 2
building, building, called the Gothic Gateway, backed by a rich grove of firs, from whence the ample lawn precipitately falls to the water's edge, and stretches itself towards the house, till, catched by farther woods, it is lost in them, and closes the lovely scene.
The Boat-house, from whence so many beauties are collected, is an octangular building, prettily adorned within by feftoons of flowers and medallions in stucco : A large window which opens to the water, ornamented with painted glass, in whimsical groupes of grotesque figures, is entertaining; but this stained glass, agreeable as it is, excludes a landscape before it, ia my opinion, infinitely more interesting.
A thick, close plantation of evergreens from this delicate summer-house, happily hides the art which very feldom can be avoided in the forming of a piece of wa
A dam, wherever it appears, is in
every respect odious; and there is but one way of making it in any shape tolerable, and that by close interwoven shrubs and trees.
The path from hence winds under these sheltering pines, on the margin of the pool, and strikes into the lawn before noticed but in its progression catches it in several places to a greater advantage, as well as the groves which adorn the brow, and runs into the vale below. The front of the house makes an object from hence over the water; and a little farther, a small wicket leads into a neat shrubbery on the banks of the cascade, which are abrupt, steep, and broken ; in some places perpendicular; worn so by the plunging of the water, and the driving of the current from one fall to another. Any attempt of art to impede the water from forming these whirlpools, as they may be called, by confining or forcing them into any other shape, is ridi