My Earnings; Or, the Story of Ann Ellison's Life, Ed. by the Author of 'John Hampton's Home'.

My Earnings; Or, the Story of Ann Ellison's Life, Ed. by the Author of 'John Hampton's Home'.

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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. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...slumber. CHAPTER VI. THE TOWER OF DEFENCE. I Had now for many a long year been wandering without a guide. My parents had left off giving me any counsel, for they thought a grown woman like me should know how to manage her own affairs. Miss Rosa loved me, but she had never then troubled her young head about business-matters, and had no advice to give. I was walking on dark mountains, and my feet were always stumbling. The mistakes into which 1 fell were such as many a younger person may be apt to make; and the tale of my later life is not without its lessons. I have been telling how and where I earned money during the first years I was a widow. I must now say how I spent it. My wages had varied. Sometimes 1 had twenty pounds a year; sometimes, thirty. Where the wages were low, I had more perquisites, so that I may say I had on the whole as good as five or six-and-twenty, beside handsome presents, and one or two small legacies. The young lady with whom I went to Hastings begged her mother to give me a five-pound note; and this I kept by me, till the time I had to part with Jack, when I spent it in rigging nim out with what I thought he would most need. As for Mrs. Bartlett, she left it in her will that I should have five pounds a year as long as I lived; so 1 had this to look forward to in the future. It may appear strange, that out of some sixand-twenty pounds a year, I had managed to lay by even less each quarter than I had done at Chelsea, where I went for only ten pounds. But it often happens that as the incomings are larger, so also are the outgoings. The Bible says, " He thatloveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver;" and it gives as one reason of this, "when goods increase, they are increased that eat them." During...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236507770
  • 9781236507778