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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.1911 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X ISAAC FOSTEB BUT the ensuing matter was well beyond anything I had anticipated. The man who opened the door was nigh upon sixty years of age, whitehaired, and bent; but, though his rusty dress proclaimed him Quaker, his eyes showed all the shrewdness of a man of the world. Now, while I had never, to my knowledge, seen him before in my life, he gave a decided start when he saw me standing there--just such a start as one might make who thought he saw a ghost--and, ignoring the sergeant, he stared at me. It was the soldier who broke the silence. "An' so ye know him, friend Isaac! Colonel Cavendish sends me with this man, he being taken two hours agone. He has a letter to ye, an' that much I know. Will ye vouch for him as Talbot Marcy?" There was hardly an instant of hesitation. "That he is a Marcy I will swear," returned the old man in a strong voice, though without taking his eyes from me; "and that his father was a loyal servant to His Majesty. But I know not what this man has done." "No more do we," said the sergeant, "save that he has claimed to be a king's messenger through his uncle, John Quince, and he is held under suspicion. Dost know Quince?" The old man's eyes seemed to turn inward for a second, and my heart stuck in my throat; then he answered: "Aye, I know Quince, John Quince of Sag--another loyal servant to His Maj esty--but I have not charge of his affairs." "An' his affairs are not in the matter," said the sergeant, sticking to the point. "The question is, do ye know Quince to be this man's uncle?" I looked at the Quaker, with my whole soul in my face, belike, while his own seemed as hard as iron. He hesitated in his answer, and again there came the inward turn of his eyes before he spoke, but they were straight enough when he answere...
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