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Chap. V.]             Ecclesiastical Visitors.                         65
friend, who accosted him somewhat thus : " There will be in church to-morrow [speaking on a Saturday] an old lady who is very anxious to make your acquaintance. I told her that I would introduce you to her ; and what do you think she said ? ' Oh! you need not do that; I shall be able to recognise his lordship easily; I remember that he has only one arm.'' To think that anybody could get so mixed in their ideas as to confuse the personality of a man who died in 1805 with a man living in 1844! By the way, it was'about 1844 that Lord Nelson became one of the Conservative " whips " in the House of Lords.
The other story is also amusing in its way. On a certain occasion Lord Nelson found himself the possessor of a spurious sovereign. He put it, as he thought, into an out-of-the-way corner of his waistcoat pocket, where it would not get mixed up with other coins. He afterwards hired a cab, and when the trip was over put his hand into his pocket for the fare, one shilling. Forgetting all about the bad sovereign, he pulled that out of his pocket, and feeling the coin without looking at it, gave it to the cabman as a shilling. Cabby drove off quite satisfied. He had only got a little way when Lord Nelson discovered that he had given the man the bad sovereign, so he shouted after him to stop. Cabby heard the shout, turned round and derisively flourished the coin in the air. History has not recorded the cabman's feelings at a later time in the day.
Mr. Beresford Hope came to stay with us for the Diocesan Conference in 1881. It was soon after the death of his wife, Lady Mildred Hope, Lord Salisbury's sister, and he declined to enter into any of the social gatherings in connection with the Conference, or do aught else than attend the meetings and make the speech which he had been invited to make. He brought with him such a smart valet that I mistook the man at my first interview with him for some distinguished member of the Conference who was not personally known to me.
Another guest who stayed with us on that occasion was the Hon. and Rev. G. W. Bourke, brother of Lord
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