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QUEEN ELIZABETH AT THE WINDOW OF HAMPTON Court, 292

LADY DRESSED IN A VARDINGALE,

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CASTLES AND THEIR HEROES.

CHAPTER I.

INTRODUCTION.

FEW years ago, before railway communication had as closely united the rural

districts to the metropolis as they do in the present day, there resided in a retired and secluded part of England a clergyman, whose family consisted of two boys and two girls. Like many of our clergy, his income was a very limited one, and would have been wholly inadequate to his expenses, had it not been that he possessed in his wife a companion ready to share and lighten all his anxieties, and able to assist him in the education of

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