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A Catalogue Of The Books, Autographs, Engravings, And Miscellaneous Articles, Belonging To The Estate Of The Late John Allan: Includes Free Bonus Books John Allan

A Catalogue Of The Books, Autographs, Engravings, And Miscellaneous Articles, Belonging To The Estate Of The Late John Allan: Includes Free Bonus Books

John Allan

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER VII A WILD NIGHT Unless you have lived in a little town where every mans business is his neighbors, you cannot imagine the furor in the village of Topham when our fellow citizens learned that Seth Upham had actually sold his business and his house, and was to embark with Cornelius Gleazen on a voyage of speculation to the West Indies and Africa. The friction with Great Britain that had closed ports in the West Indies to American ships added zest to their surmises- and the unexpected news that that very worthy gentleman, Cornelius Gleazen, who had so recently returned to his old home, was so soon to depart again, sharpened their regrets. All were united in wishing us good fortune and a safe, speedy return - all were keenly interested in whatever hints of the true character of the voyage we let fall, which you can be sure were few and slender. It was such an extraordinary affair in the annals of the village, that the more enterprising began to prepare for a grand farewell, which should express their feelings in a suitable way and should do honor both to their respected fellow townsman, Seth Upham, and to their distinguished resident, Cornelius Gleazen. There was to be a parade, with a band from Boston at its head, a great dinner at the town hall, to which with uncommon generosity they invited even the doubting blacksmith, and a splendid farewell ceremony, with speeches by the minister and the doctor, and with presentations to all who were to leave town. It was to mark an epoch in the history of Topham. Nothing like it hadever taken place in all the country round. And as we were to go to Boston in the near future,? the man who had bought out Uncle Seth was to take over the house and store almost at once,? they set the date for the first Saturday hi September. Beca...