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WEDNESDAY, May 19th, 1830, left Princetown at half-past four o'clock a pleasant mild morning; the larks soaring up and singing at every step. Proceeded to Merivale Bridge, and thence over the heath by Vixen Tor and Moortown to Whitechurch Down. Reached Tavistock about half-past seven, and two miles and a half further on the road passed the small brook called the Lumber, from which is derived the name of the adjacent village of Lamerton. The soil in this vicinity appears very fertile, and the prospects fresh and pleasant. On the side of the road, leading through some fields near the village, is a singular stile, formed of many divisions and bars of granite, having a very curious appearance. Adjoining the road near this spot is a fantastically designed dwelling house, built by Major Parson, a confirmed bachelor, who died of vexation at his lonely condition.

Arrived at Belgrove, the residence of Mr. Rundle, at nine o'clock, where we partook of breakfast, which our long morning walk had rendered highly necessary. Half a mile from thence we passed Willestrue, the birth-place of Nicholas Rowe, author of Jane Shore, &c. The house is situated on the declivity of a gentle hill, overlooking a pleasant wooded valley, which had in one place been filled up to carry across the new line of turnpike-road from Tavistock to Launceston,

Two miles further on is a School-room, built at a great expence by the Duke of Bedford, and having the words "MILTONABBOT FREE-SCHOOL" inserted over the doorway. An anecdote connected with the erection of this school-room should be here mentioned, as illustrating the motives by which the influential persons of the neighbourhood are actuated. Twelve years ago the inhabitants of the parish, and others, subscribed a considerable sum, for the purpose of erecting a

school-house and maintaining the school afterwards; but, as the vicar, Dr. Jago, had set his face against all such innovations, he contrived to retard the execution of this design during that space of time. This circumstance suggests the melancholy fact, that at least, one thousand children were thus, in the course of that twelve years, deprived of the advantages of a useful education, and society exposed to all the unhappy chances which must arise from so large a number of its members remaining under the influence of ignorance and prejudice-whilst talents that might have become a source of benefit to the community at large, have been restrained and perverted by want of cultivation, or entirely destroyed through neglect. On this being represented to the public through the medium of the press, all on a sudden the workmen were set on, and the work proceeded rapidly. But the Duke of Bedford has taken upon himself the whole charge of it, in order to keep the affair in the hands of the Exclusives, so as to manage matters at their own will and discretion, the effect of which will most probably be, to render the establishment entirely useless for the proper purposes of education. Immediately opposite, on the other side of the road, are two lodges appertaining to Endsleigh Cottage; only worthy of notice to condemn the highly untasteful and inconvenient style in which they are erected;a portion of sundry more extensive follies of the like description hereafter to be mentioned. Ascending the bill from these lodges we obtained a very interesting view of the village of Milton Abbot, embowered in trees, above which the Church Tower rises a conspicuous object. Rich enclosures and luxuriant meadows surround the village, and render the whole prospect exceedingly pleasant.

About half a mile further on, stands the entrance lodge to Endsleigh Cottage, of the same character as those already noticed. From this lodge to the house is a continued descent for three-quarters of a mile, principally through a thick plantation of ornamental shrubs, disposed without taste, and barbarously intermingled with rude half-withered furze-bushes, briars, and nettles, intended perhaps as the evidence of rusti

city, but certainly showing an entire want of judgment, and producing a very unpleasing effect, as the contrivance is at once perceived to be clumsy ;-the fact of delicate-blossoming shrubs growing from the midst of brambles and furzes, being altogether unnatural and incongruous. We now reached the Cottage, the first aspect of which presents nothing striking, the approach being through a common gravel courtyard, and the colour and appearance of the building dingy. The walls are coated with Roman cement spotted to resemble stone, which it does but imperfectly.

Proceeding to the interior, the entrance hall may perhaps be considered as the best apartment in the house. The next is the dining room, wainscotted half-way up, and decorated with a large number (perhaps more than fifty) coats of arms, belonging to the Russells and their connexions, emblazoned on the pannelling, but small, and having a tawdry appearance; such sort of decoration seeming entirely out of place in a building meant to possess a rural and inartificial character. In a small antichamber are some good views of Cintra; and the drawingroom is decorated with showy but unsubstantial furniture; and the library has a small collection of books, which we had no opportunity of examining, as visiters are prohibited taking them off the shelves. Some other apartments occur on the basement story, not worth particular notice, except a china closet, which exhibits a fanciful assortment of vessels in form of bunches of asparagus, cauliflowers, cabbages, &c., which style cannot be commended. The bedrooms are of a common description, and the beds far from superb; several of them being in the French fashion, and scarcely of dimensions for one person to find easy accommodation. We were told as many as fifty beds can be made up in the house; but no more than ten or twelve are shown to visiters. A long dark passage joins another portion of the building, which contains the children's apartments, but these we did not see. The stables are situated so close to the dwelling house as to suggest the idea of their being very annoying. Our next object was an old well, placed some way off on the borders of a small pond, and bearing a modern inscription describing it to be removed from Leigh, a

hunting seat anciently belonging to the Abbot of Tavistock, and situated about a mile distant.

Returning from this spot, we crossed a brook, on a rustic wooden bridge, and visited the far-famed Dairy, which is said to have cost £2000., though, in fact, nothing without or within it exhibits any marks of such expence. The raw-cream dairy is a small apartment, with a bubbling fountain of water in the midst. On stands round the wall are eight polished marble troughs for holding the milk;-these troughs have a deep groove behind each for passing through them a running stream of water; and an aperture in the bottom serves to drain the contents when required. A marble slab placed above the fountain has arranged on it various dishes, vases, &c., necessary to the operations of a dairy. Below stairs is a very inferior Devonshire dairy, with brass pans, &c. The dell in which this dairy-house is placed, is very beautiful, if the false taste of its inconsistent decorations be put out of sight. The principal fault is the introduction of an overwhelming number of Rhododendrons, which are lavished in clumps and plots without mercy, and often where their intrusion entirely spoils the effect which the fine natural disposition of the valley would have produced. The walk that ascends by the little brook is very pleasing as it winds amid the plantations, and reaches the termination of the Endsleigh estate in that direction. The return is by an artificial water-course, bounded on the north by a thick skreen of Firs and forest timber, until it reaches a rustic seat, close by which is a fall of water of five or six feet; but at this time, the stream which supplies it was turned in another direction. From this seat is a pleasant prospect of the dell itself, the river Tamar, and the woods below; one end only of the Cottage being visible from this scite.

Retracing our steps, we again approached the house, and inspected the front of the building, which is decorated with the figure of an Abbot, some armorial emblems, &c. The Flowergarden is in keeping with the other portions already described -tawdry and trifling. A Grotto, formed of ores and shells, petrifactions and painted glass, with a rill of bubbling water, is equally destitute of interest; and we proceeded to the really

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