Lord Seaforth

Lord Seaforth, who was born deaf and dumb, was to dine one day with Lord

Melville. Just before the time of the company's arrival, Lady Melville

sent into the drawing-room a lady of her acquaintance who could talk

with her fingers, that she might receive Lord Seaforth. Presently Lord

Guildford entered the room, and the lady, believing him to be Lord

Seaforth, began to spell on her fingers quickly. Lord Guildford did the

same, and they had been carrying on a conversation in this manner for

about ten minutes, when Lady Melville joined them. Her female friend

said, "Well, I have been talking away to this dumb man." "Dumb!"

exclaimed Lord Guildford, "Bless me, I thought you were dumb."