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room where she was wont to say her prayers-such private oratories being common in most of the Edinburgh houses of the time-and the window of which overlooked the High Street, Thereat he showed himself, w dhhabiZZt, to the people passing, an exhibition which so seriously affected the repuwith violence. Once-we regret to record it of so heroic a soldier-when transported beyond the bounds of reason, he gave her a blow on the face with such severity as to draw blood; and then, all unconscious of what he had done, fell asleep. Poor Lady Stair, overwhelmed by such an insult, THE LAWNMARKET, FROM THE SITE OF THE WEIGH-HOUSE, 1825. (AfIrEzu6ank.) tation of the young widow, that she saw the necessity ot accepting him as her husband. Lady Eleanor was happier as Countess of Stair than she had ever been as Viscountess Primrose ; 5ut the Earl had one failing-a common one enough among gentlemen in those days-a disposition to indulge in the bottle, and then his temper was by no means improved; thus, on coming home he more than once treated the Countess and recalling perhaps much that she had endured with Lord Primrose, made no attempt to bind up the wound, but threw herself on a sofa, and wept and bled till morning dawned. When the Earl awoke, her bloody and dishevelled aspect filled him with horror and dismay. ?What has happened ? How came you to be thus 2? he exclaimed. She told him of his conduct over-night, which filled him with shame-such shame and compunction,
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