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A Canadian Manor And Its Seigneurs The Story Of A Hundred Years, 1761-1861

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A Canadian Manor And Its Seigneurs        The Story Of A Hundred Years,  1761-1861

It Still Seemed To Have No Past. True, Near The Village Church, A
Fair-Sized House Stood, Embowered In Trees, With A Fine View Out Over
The Bay And The Wide St. Lawrence. A High Fence Shut In A Beautiful Old
Garden, With A Few Great Trees: As One Drove Past One Got A Glimpse Of
Shady Walks And Old-Fashioned Flowers. The Extensive Out-Buildings Near
This Manor House, Stables, Carriage-House, Dairy, Showed That The
Establishment Was Fairly Large. There Were Sleek Cattle In The Farm
Yard. On One Of The Out-Buildings Was A Small Belfry, With A Bell To
Summon The Work-People From Afar To Meals, And This Seemed Like The
Olden Times When The Seigneur Fed His Labourers Under His Own Roof. On
Making A Formal Call At The Manor House One Noted That Some Of The Rooms
Were Of Fine Proportions And That A Good Many Old Portraits And
Miniatures Hung On The Walls. This All Spoke Of A Past; And Yet Of It
One Asked Little And Knew Nothing.

Just Across The Bay Stood Another Manor House; Of Stone, Too, In This
Case Not Concealed By A Covering Of Wood. Thick Walls Crowned By A
Mansard Roof Spoke Of A Respectable Age. This Manor House, Also Looked
Out On The Bay And Across The St. Lawrence. One Knew That It Was Named
Mount Murray Manor, While That On The Right Bank Of The River Murray Was
Called Murray Bay Manor. It Was Said Vaguely That A Colonel Fraser Had
Dwelt At Mount Murray And A Colonel Nairne At Murray Bay; But All That
One Heard Was Loose Tradition And There Were No Nairnes Or Frasers Of
Whom One Might Ask Questions. One Could See That, In Both Places,
Something Like An Old World Dignity Of Life Had In The Past Been Kept
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