The Autobiography of a Quack and Other Stories

The Autobiography of a Quack and Other Stories

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...When you have done with it, leave it here for me if I am out, --in the drawer of this table. Good-by, Arthur." " Farewell, Elizabeth." As he left the house, Arthur Guinness looked curiously a moment at the faded little memorandumbook tied about with ribbon, and putting it in his breast-pocket went away down Front Street to his own home. Seeking his study in the back building, he laid the book on his table, and leisurely filling and lighting a pipe, let the bowl rest on his knee and thought a moment. He was more shaken and troubled than he cared to admit, even to himself, and was calmly waiting until he should feel himself once more fully master of his own emotions. Then he opened the book, and this was what he found: " My Dear And Only Daughter, Elizabeth, --Save thy brother, thou art the last of a race which has known so much more of sorrow than of joy that I beg of thee solemnly to consider what I have here written, that if it seem good to thee thou mayest come to see the matter as I see it, and to fulfil my wish, so that by never marrying our family misery may fall upon no others, and may end with us. Henry Howard. " March 10,1777." Then came a number of entries: " Richard Howard, of the Larches, Denbighshire, died Sept. 3, 1699, by his own hand. " Of his brothers, John and Nicholas likewise thus perished. " Margaret Wortley, aet. 30, daughter of Rd. Howard, died insane. " The grandsons of Rd. Howard were thy uncles; and of them none are left, they dying mostly of self-murder in like manner, but happily in foreign parts, so that the way of it is not known at home. " And now are left only thou and thy brother, who, thinking on this matter with me, will die without issue. " And so may we all find peace!" Arthur Guinness let his pipe fall on the...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236673220
  • 9781236673220