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[September 7, 1905]

Went out to Hawthornden by train. The great tree under which the poet Drummond met Ben Jonson is a huge maple, the trunk seeming to consist of several trunks blended. Wallace's Cave or Bruce's Cave I forget which is a series of curious chambers beneath the castle hewn out of the solid rock and ending by an opening in the face of the cliff on which the castle rests. The walk through the glen along the River Esk is picturesque but no more so than many a Californian canyon. These beautiful glens says Scott appear in a country where one from observation of the general landscape would scarce expect to find them. In other words the glen is wooded while the surrounding

September 7, 1905

country is barren, just as in California the sides of a canyon are wooded and the hill range itself otherwise barren. There is in this particular a certain resemblance between the Midlothian and Californian hills, at least I recall the Coast Ranges. The great show at Roslin is Roslin Chapel, referred to in Scot's Rosabelle. It is the most beautiful gem in stone which I have ever seen. The ornateness, the richness of the carvings defy description. Every stone almost is a work of art. The roof is of stone blocks. One sees that no two sections of the roof are alike. All through the arches, and supports every design is different-yet the whole is
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