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his assassination at the foot of Pompey's statue. Two sweeping flights of steps and a long gallery lead to the chapel, ornamented with the exquisite carving of Gibbons, (who was killed by a fall in the act of fixing it up) and painted by La Guerre, whose powers are displayed in the altar-piece— Christ reproving Thomas's incredulity; supported on one side by the miracle of the Paralytic restored by our Saviour's simple command, ' Take up thy bed, and walk;' and on the other by the representation of a similar exertion of power divine. A painting of the Ascension covers the cieling.

In the Music-Room, we have the present Duchess of Devonshire, and her daughter Lady Georgiana, married to Lord Morpeth; by Sir J. Reynolds.

In the Drawing-Room is a whole length of William Duke of Cumberland; and a most expensive article of furniture, an immense silver chandelier.

In the Dining-Room is a fine whole-length, by Sir G. Kneller, of William first Duke of Devonshire, who was distinguished as a wit, a scholar, a soldier, and a gentleman. His name occurs in early life as Lord Cavendish, member for the county of Derby; when his political conduct evinced those true patriotic principles which he afterwards so eminently displayed in assisting to bring about the glorious Revolution, and persuading the gentry of