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dred and sixty feet in extent) is a grand specimen of Adams's architectural taste and skill. The front, which is of white stone, hewn on Lord Scarsdale's estate, divides itself into three parts—a body and two pavillions, connefted to the main building by corridors of the Doric order, taking a sweeping form; that on the right (as we approach it) comprizing the kitchen and offices, that on the left consisting of Lord Scarsdale's private apartments. In the centre of the front (to the north) is a double flight of steps leading to a grand portico, whose pediment is supported by six pillars of the Corinthian order. From hence is a beautiful home view, embracing the skilful improvements of Lord Scarsdale, whose gigantic plan included the transplanting of a village that stood in front of the house to a distant part; the removal of a turnpike-road, which ran within fifty yards of it, to its present situation; and the extension of a trifling brook into a noble expanse of water.

Descending the flight of steps, we entered the house at the basement or rustic story, by a door under the portico conducing into a large low room, called Cæsar's-Hall from its ornaments, the busts of several of the emperors, which leads into the tttrastyle, a similar apartment. From hence we ascended the great stair-case, decorated with busts