Mem0ries of Old Salem

Mem0ries of Old Salem

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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. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...chests and shaken from their original coverings to be made up by the dressmaker who stayed "week about" in the old merchant families. She was a good old soul, such an inveterate gossip that I felt my affairs would be known, but she plied her needle with the skill that is rarely excelled even today when the scientific means have made dressmaking more easy. A year and three months had passed in which I had heard only once from my lover who had sailed across the seas. The letter sealed with his own private seal was taken by a passing ship. In it little was said concerning the voyage, so full was he of plans for our new life together. The voyage was tedious, he said, so anxious was he to reach home, promising that this should be his last voyage, yet therefore wishing to make the most of it that he could. It would by the closest calculation last a year and a half, the time limit being decided by wind and wave and delays at port, in shipping and unloading the cargoes. He told me of his entertainment by the most prominent men at every port and the interest that he felt in the family life abroad. It gave him a glimpse of the style of the house furnishing, and of the manner of living that would be invaluable to him, and he had seen many strange people and countries I would be interested to hear about on his return. At each port he had tried to pick up some new article of furniture or some rare piece of china which he knew I would like, for his idea was to introduce into the furnishings of our home not the same types that were shown in all the large square houses but, instead, novelties such as are rarely brought over the seas. I grew so interested in wondering what he would bring that before I realized it Thanksgiving Day, the home gathering of our...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236656601
  • 9781236656605