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Chapter 29: acts of homage

The members of that highly respectable semi-military association, “The ancient and Honorable artillery company” of Boston, will probably be rather amused — if their arduous military and civic duties permit any moments of levity — to hear that their pleasant little London outing was regarded by high editorial authority in that city as an act of international “homage.” In the narrative written, apparently by one of the corps, in a Boston newspaper, her Majesty the Queen was described as “a pleasant-faced old lady,” who received them very cordially. This seems rather to recall the descriptions given of dignitaries by Major Jack Downing, in the last generation, who was habitually on easy terms with them, and yet would hardly have regarded it as an act of homage even when he pulled off General Jackson's boots. Yet we are distinctly

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