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Country House Essays is a reader’s site, one to be enjoyed fireside on those long winter weekends in the country or in fairer weather in a sunlit summer sitting room.

So put the kettle on or decant something a bit stronger and enjoy.

Abundance is a blessing to the wise; The use of riches in discretion lies. Learn this, ye men of wealth—a heavy purse in a fool’s pocket is a heavy curse.

— Cumberland