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Washington Irving's description of Old Christmas, Illustrated

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96                                   CHRISTMAS DAY
of his having been a crusader. I was told it was one of the family who had signalised himself in the Holy Land, and the same whose picture hung over the fireplace in the hall.
During service, Master Simon stood up in the pew, and repeated the responses very audibly ; evincing that kind of ceremonious devotion punctu­ally observed by a gentleman of the old school, and a man of old family connections. I observed, too, that he turned over the leaves of a folio prayer-book with something of a flourish ; pos­sibly to show off an enormous seal-ring which
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