which, if report speak truly, John Gay—keen admirer of Pope, and originator of the English ballad-opera—was wont to study and write at his ease. It is more than probable that the idea (or this was borrowed from the French " conversation chair,"
"Queen-Anne" Chair (Said to have been made for the Poet Gay)
or "gossip chair," which was not uncommon in France at the time.
With the introduction of the bureau-bookcase, other cabinet work of a more pretentious description commenced to find its way into the home—particularly that designed for the storage of household linen, and for the reception and protection from dust of articles of wearing apparel. It was
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