Our Valley, by the Author of 'The Children of Seeligsberg'

Our Valley, by the Author of 'The Children of Seeligsberg'

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...lay the results of my observations before him. He expressed himself highly satisfied with the manner in which I had discharged my commission, and at the close of our interview I ventured to tell him of Mr. Raeburn's offer. A change of expression passed over Sir Edmond's features as I spoke. "So they want to inveigle my own man away from me, do they? That 's it, is it? though they took good care to keep their counsel in that matter." I could not quite understand what Sir Edmond meant by this, and he, seeing my puzzled look, said with a smile--'. Well, I 'm glad you told me, for I have something to say to that. Look here, Laurence, you are a young man, not above four or five and twenty, I dare say" "Two and twenty, Sir Edmond," I felt it my duty to put in. "Well, two and twenty; I don't know that a year or two makes much difference one way or the other, though it is young certainly," and he knitted his eyebrows together as if weighing the matter well. Then he continued: "But though you are young, I know you have a head on your shoulders, I saw that long ago, when you were quite a child, and the way you managed your father's land showed me that I was right. Listen to me now. My steward, Mayne, is leaving me after Christmas for a larger place, and sorry as I am to lose him, I cannot stand in his way of bettering himself. Now will you undertake to fill his place? Of course you can live at home, but I should expect to see you every morning, and as to the rest, you know his duties pretty well. I receive my own rents and choose my own tenants, and all I want in my steward is a man I can thoroughly trust, who will be general overlooker and superintendent of the estate and work that goes on in the...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236900596
  • 9781236900593