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Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine

Volume 56, Number 348

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1844
Language: English
Wordcount: 94,433 / 277 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.5
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 499
Added to site: 2008.04.14 20569
Genre: Periodical

The Life of a Diplomatist
Poems and Ballads of Goethe. No. II.
The Great Drought
A Tender Conscience
Thierry's History of the Gauls
The Witchfinder. Conclusion
My Last Courtship; Or, Life in Louisiana
Greece Under the Romans.

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sole office was to keep those flutes in order. During the war, when his finances were reduced to so low an ebb that he paid bad coin to every one, he took care that his flute-maker should be paid in good coin, lest, for bad money, he should give him bad flutes. Royal architecture is not always fortunate. It is observed that Louis XIV. built his famous Versailles in a swampy hollow, when he had the noble terrace of St Germain before him. Frederick built his Sans-Souci in a marshy meadow, while he had a fine hill within sight. Unhappily we have but little to boast of in the location of our modern palaces. The site of Buckingham Palace seems to have been chosen with no other object than to discover which was the superior annoyance, the smoke of steam-engines or the vapours of a swamp; and this was chosen with one of the finest possible situations within half a mile of it, in the centre of Hyde Park. Her Majesty's palace at Brighton has been located with exactly the same curious perversion of taste; the



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