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" ... despite of the flippant remark of Lord Orford,) were, for the most part, as completely out of my reach, as a crown and sceptre. There was indeed a resource ; but the utmost caution and secrecy were necessary in applying to it. I beat out pieces of... "
The Book of the Feet: A History of Boots and Shoes - Page 188
by Joseph Sparkes Hall - 1847 - 216 pages
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The Works of the British Poets: Selected and Chronologically ..., Volume 3

John Aikin, John Frost - English poetry - 1866
...necessary in ap. plying to it I beat out pieces of leather as smooth as possible, and wrought my problem* on them with a blunted awl ; for the rest, my memory...could multiply and divide by it to a great extent." Under the same unfavourable circumstances, he composed and recited to his associates small piece* of...
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