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derwent a thorough repair, and a considerable addition was made on the north-west side; but the improveinent has been disadvantageous to the appearance of the fabric, in consequence of the plaister with which the flints and rough stones, that formed the outside walls, have been covered, to the destruction of its picturesque beauty.

The benefice is a vicarage, the rectory being a lay ima propriation, and was part of the possessions of Bermondsey Abbey, by grant from William de Millicent, earl of Glocester, in the year 1154.

Dr. Lettsoin, in his “ Village Society," has described the situation and advantages of Camberwell in a very lively manner. He says, “that in this village there are few poor inhabitants, and not many overgrown fortunes. Among those who may be deemed of the superior class, a general cquality prevails, both as to exterior appearance and mental cultivation. They chiefly consist of respectable merchants and tradesmen, and of those holding eligible situations in the public offices.”

Having mentioned this highly respectable, humane, and liberal character, we are necessarily induced to visit his beautiful house and classic grounds at Grove Hill.

The gradual ascent to the summit of Grove Hill is nearly a mile, through a lofty and shady avenue of trees, from which originated the name of this beautiful hill.

On the left side of the Grove, a neat lodge opens the road, that leads to the residence of the proprietor.

Although Grove Hill afford a kind of insulated emi. nence, yet, looking from its summit, it seems to be placed in the centre of an amphitheatre of surrounding and loftier hills, which naturally shelter it from the severity of cold, and the violence of storms; and thus render it eligible for a winter, as well as for a summer residence. On the north it is protected by the Hampstead and Highgate nills; and on the south, by those of Forest and Sydenham hills, not un. aptly answering the sketch of a spot, delineated by the au. thor of “ The Faerie Queene*.”

* Spenser, Vol. II. ch. vi. $ 12. VOL. V. No. 103.

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As this picturesque hill commands the most gratifying views, in which the whole of the metropolis, and the shipping in the Thames are conspicuous, it may be agreeable to see delineated the more striking circumstances of a place, occasionally visited by persons of taste and curiosity.

The garden is an oblong square of about an acre, situated on the south side of the dwelling house, and enclosed by a wall, well covered with fruit-trees, and the extremities ornamented with shrubberies. In the upper part is a statue of Urania, supporting a globe, and a dial, with this inscription,

Post est occasio calva. [“ Time is bald behind," or, “ Take Time by the Forelock.”]

Near this is a group in statuary, representing the Fates; Lartho holding the spindle, and pulling the thread, which Lachesis winds up. Atropos in a kneeling posture extends the right hand, holding an open scissars, intent upon immediately dividing the thread, figurative of human life: on the back ground appears Hygeia, the priestess of health, near a column encircled by a serpent, the emblem of medicine and of renovated life, and laying hold of the hand of Atropos, prevents the fatal division of the thread.

At the lower extremity of the garden is a figure of Contemplation, standing on a stone pedestal; bearing this inscription from the Psalmist:

O Jehova!
Quam ampla sunt tua opera !
Quam sapienter ea fecisti!
Quam plena est terra possessione tua!

[O LORD!
How manifold are Thy works!
How wisely hast Thou formed them;

How full is the earth of Thy riches ! ] Adjoining to the east wall is the kitchen garden, of about half an acre in extent. Over the entrance from the pleasure garden is a figure of Flora, standing on a pedestal.

Above the kitchen garden are the wash-house, laundry, brewhouse, and other offices. The left or eastern wall

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of this garden opens into the succession garden, enriched also with wall and other fruit trees, and enclosing the melonary, and gardener's apartments. The lower extremity opens into the arbustum, through which a walk of nearly a mile in extent is carried under the shade of upwards of one hundred fruit trees. On the borders of this walk grow about four hundred European plants, placed in successiou agreeably to the Linnean classification, and lettered in legible characters, a catalogue of which is preserved. The walk is continued to an open portico, supported by eight small columns; in the centre is a piece of marble statuary, representing Cupid Hermaphrodite asleep. From the portico the arbustum tends northward to a circular temple or observatory; whence a view of the surrounding country is presented, combined with that of London, and its neighbouring villages: as well as of the Thames, and its floating forest of ships.

The temple is supported by the trunks of eighteen oak trees; round each, ivy, virgin's bower, honey-suckles, or other climbing shrubs entwine their foliage, and meet at their summits in the style of festoous. The outside of the base is ornamented with busts in statuary marble, of Ceres, Pomona, Cleopatra, Marc Antony, Alexander, and various others. Within is contained the mechanical instruments of the late Mr. Ferguson, and models in cork, by Dubourg, representing the Temple of Fortune in Rome; the Sybils temple (or of Vesta) near Tivoli; the triumphal arch of Titus in Rome; Virgil's tomb at Pausilippo near Naples; sepulchres of Plautius near Tivoli; of the Scipio family in Rome; and of the Horatii and Curiatii in Rome; the Temple of Health, in Rome; and. Stone Henge, on Salisbury Plain.

Hence is seen the apiary, consisting of sixty-four hives, each of which is distinguished in legible chasacters, by the name of some kingdom, or independent nation, commencing with the north of Europe, afterwards including Asia, Africa, and America, and concluding with the great Euro

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