The Purser

LADY HARDWICKE, the lady of the Chancellor, loved money as well as he

did, and what he got she saved. The purse in which the Great Seal is

carried is of very expensive embroidery, and was provided, during his

time, every year. Lady Hardwicke took care that it should not be

provided for the seal-bearer's profit, for she annually retained them

herself, having previously ordered that the velvet should be of the

length of one of the state rooms at Wimpole. So many of them were saved,

that at length she had enough to hang the state-room, and make curtains

for the bed. Lord Hardwicke used to say, There was not such a purser

in the navy.

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