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1893. Excerpt: ... WEECKED AND RESCUED. It was a dark night of
December, 1790, and the clock in the study of Rev. Isaac Hepworth,
the clergyman of a New England seacoast town, had already struck
the hour of twelve, when that divine finished and laid within his
desk the sermon on which he had been too busily engaged to note the
lapse of time. Late as was the hour, the Rev. Isaac did not
immediately retire to sleep, choosing rather to rest his weary
brain and relax his constrained muscles by an idle half hour beside
the cheerful fire. So, throwing on another log, he wheeled round
his study chair, settled himself comfortably therein, and placed
his slippered feet upon the fender. "A-h This is comfort " murmured
the Rev. Isaac Hepworth, neatly folding the skirts of his
dressing-gown across his knees. Some fifteen minutes of intense
quiet passed, and the clergyman, succumbing to the united
temptations of fire, chair, and weariness, was dropping into a
luxurious doze when he was suddenly and thoroughly aroused by a low
tap upon his study window. Springing to his feet a little
nervously, Mr. Hepworth drew aside the curtain and peered out. A
man's face, dimly visible in the darkness, was pressed close to the
glass, and met the clergyman's astonished gaze with a reassuring
nod. "Oh, Jarvis, is it you? Wait, and I'll let you in." Jarvis
nodded again, and, falling back into the gloom, went round to the
door, which Mr. Hepworth had opened very quietly, that he might not
disturb his sleeping household. "Well, Jarvis, what's the matter?"
asked he, anxiously, when the two were shut into the snug little
study. "Why, something very queer's the matter, sir, and I 'm right
glad I found you up, for, according to my reckoning, the fewer
that's let into it the better; and as soon as I see the l...
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||246 x 189 x 4mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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