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hes-after which I attended to the minor details-or in dictating letters to his constituents; and many were the jests and anecdotes he interspersed for my amusement throughout this otherwise dull work. In rare cases, where he was attached to the friends who gave the invitation, he accepted. In those days, when mammas considered the Pickwick papers too coarse for their daughters' perusal; when Don Juan was forbidden on pain of excommunication from the guild of delicate-minded women; when Devereux and The Disowned were placed behind the other books on the shelves of the library, as unfit for the eyes of ladies; when George Sand and Paul de Kock were named with bated breath, and the young people knew them not; when Miss Austen's correct ladies and gentlemen walked serenely across the literary stage and looked their approval of their equally prudent audience; when Lady Delacour's duel with Harriet Freke was considered an incident to be deprecated while reading Miss Edgeworth's novels,