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[89] fire, which filled the house with smoke — before the fire lay the pig, grunting in concert with the chickens, who were picking up scraps of the dinner, which consisted of potatoes and salt--three families live in it. Two sets of little ragamuffins are sitting in the dirt. Ch. bestows some pence: “God kape your honour-God save ye, wherever ye go, and sure and it's a nice, comfortable looking young woman you have got with you, an uncommon pretty girl” (that is me). Don't they understand the matter, eh? We passed three delightful hours with Miss Edgeworth, in the library in which she wrote all her works — she was surrounded by a numerous and charming family, among others, the last of her father's four wives, whom she calls mother, although the lady must be some ten years her junior. She is herself a most vivacious little lady, about seventy-five years old, but gay and bright as a young girl — she seemed quite delighted with Ch., and conversed with him on many topics in a very animated manner. She has very clear and sound views of things, and takes the liveliest interest in all that goes on around her, and in the world. One of her younger brothers (with a nice Spanish wife) has a nest of very young children, in whom she delights as much as if she had not helped to bring up three sets of brothers and sisters. She said to me: “It is not only for Laura Bridgman that I wanted to see Dr. Howe, but I admire the spirit of all his writings.” She gave him some engravings, and wrote her name at the bottom.... At onie o'clock, we went to luncheon which was very nice, consisting of meat, potatoes, and preserves.... She travel.

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