Account

Company

  Menu
Large Image

Share This

Description

Mr. James Nesbit, merchant of Philadelphia, stood leaning against the long, polished desk at the farther end of which two clerks were hard at work copying entries into a ponderous ledger. On Mr. Nesbit's face there was a look of preoccupation. He drew a deep breath, rapped nervously with his finger on the desk, and, reaching behind his ear, under the folds of his heavy white wig, threw down a large quill pen. Then, taking a big silver snuff-box out of his pocket, he helped himself neatly to a pinch of snuff. Having done this he waited anxiously, as if the expected sneeze might jar his mind into better working order. It seemed to answer, for, after a preliminary rumbling gasp and an explosion, he blew his nose violently, and turning addressed one of the clerks. "If Mr. Conyngham comes during the next few minutes, tell him I shall be at 'The Old Clock' coffee-house", he said. With that he took down a great cloak from one of the wooden pegs that lined the wall and stepped to the door. It was raining torrents, and the gutters were running full. With an agility that was surprising in so heavy a man and one of his years, he gathered the cloak about him, and picking up his heels ran swiftly around the corner. Just as he turned he collided with another man much younger and slightly smaller, who was hurrying in the opposite direction. They grasped each other in order to keep their feet, and at once burst into laughter. "Well met, indeed, David!" cried Mr. Nesbit, even before he had uttered a word of apology, "but you've well-nigh knocked the breath out of me." "And me also," responded the smaller man. "You charged around the corner like a squadron of horse. Why such a hurry, sir?" "A short explanation," was the answer, "'tis past my meal hour, and I had waited for you till I could stand it no longer. Years ago, methinks, I must have swallowed a wolf, and at feeding hours he's wont to grow rapacious and must be satisfied. Come, here we are at 'The Old Clock.' In with us out of the rain and we'll satisfy the ravenous one." As he was speaking Mr. Nesbit almost pushed his friend ahead of him through a doorway and entered the grill-room of the tavern. A mingled odor of roast beef, ale, and tobacco smoke saluted their nostrils, and the proprietor, his wide waistcoat covered by a gleaming new apron, greeted them cheerfully.

Tag This Book

This Book Has Been Tagged
It hasn't. Be the first to tag this book!

Our Recommendation

Track It. This book has been £2.56 within the past year.

Notify Me When The Price...

  • £
  • If I'm already tracking this book...

to track this book on eReaderIQ.

Track These Authors

to track James Barnes on eReaderIQ.

  • to be notified each time the price drops on any book by James Barnes.
  • to stop tracking James Barnes.

Price Summary

  • We started tracking this book on December 24, 2018.
  • This book was £3.06 when we started tracking it.
  • The price of this book has changed 127 times in the past 1,502 days.
  • The current price of this book is £2.71 last checked 10 hours ago.
  • This book is at its lowest price in the past 90 days.
  • This lowest price this book has been offered at in the past year is £2.56.
  • The lowest price to date was £2.56 last reached on July 7, 2022.
  • This book has been £2.56 one time since we started tracking it.
  • The highest price to date was £4.12 last reached on March 20, 2020.
  • This book has been £4.12 one time since we started tracking it.

Additional Info

  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Disabled
  • Print Length: 160 Pages
  • File Size: 1,424 KB

We last verified the price of this book about 10 hours ago. At that time, the price was £2.71. This price is subject to change. The price displayed on the Amazon.co.uk website at the time of purchase is the price you will pay for this book. Please confirm the price before making any purchases.