Early in 1858, while I was writing Doctor Thorne, I was asked by the great men at the General Post Office to go to Egypt to make a treaty with the Pasha for the conveyance of our mails through that country by railway. There was a treaty in existence, but that had reference to the carriage of bags and boxes by camels from Alexandria to Suez. Since its date the railway had grown, and was now nearly completed, and a new treaty was wanted. So I came over from Dublin to London, on my road, and again went to work among the publishers. The other novel was not finished; but I thought I had now progressed far enough to arrange a sale while the work was still on the stocks. I went to Mr. Bentley and demanded 锟?00 鈥?for the copyright. He acceded, but came to me the next morning at the General Post Office to say that it could not be. He had gone to work at his figures after I had left him, and had found that 锟?00 would be the outside value of the novel. I was intent upon the larger sum; and in furious haste 鈥?for I had but an hour at my disposal 鈥?I rushed to Chapman & Hall in Piccadilly, and said what I had to say to Mr. Edward Chapman in a quick torrent of words. They were the first of a great many words which have since been spoken by me in that back-shop. Looking at me as he might have done at a highway robber who had stopped him on Hounslow Heath, he said that he supposed he might as well do as I desired. I considered this to be a sale, and it was a sale. I remember that he held the poker in his hand all the time that I was with him 鈥?but in truth, even though he had declined to buy the book, there would have been no danger. 鈥楴ow this is doctor鈥檚 orders,鈥?he said. 鈥榊ou are to sit cosily by the fire, and talk to any poor parson who comes to see you. The dose is to be taken at exactly half-past four!鈥? 鈥極h, you were, were you?鈥?he said. 鈥榃ell, what were you going to say when I did turn the door-handle?鈥? My dear girl, believe me, you were dreaming. No one could have approached that doorway without my hearing them. 鈥楾en pounds!鈥?he said. 鈥業 shouldn鈥檛 dream of giving more than seven for it. Even that would be a fancy price.鈥? 成年片黄色大片网站视频 - 视频 - 在线观看 - 影视资讯 - 品善网 Tom rowed with untired vigor, and with a different speed from poor Maggie鈥檚. The boat was soon in the current of the river again, and soon they would be at Tofton. You put me into your carriage! she cried distractedly. "How could you make such a mistake? Pray tell him to go back to the inn directly." My second son, Frederic, had very early in life gone to Australia, having resolved on a colonial career when he found that boys who did not grow so fast as he did got above him at school. This departure was a great pang to his mother and me; but it was permitted on the understanding that he was to come back when he was twenty-one, and then decide whether he would remain in England or return to the Colonies. In the winter of 1868 he did come to England, and had a season鈥檚 hunting in the old country; but there was no doubt in his own mind as to his settling in Australia. His purpose was fixed, and in the spring of 1869 he made his second journey out. As I have since that date made two journeys to see him 鈥?of one of which at any rate I shall have to speak, as I wrote a long book on the Australasian Colonies 鈥?I will have an opportunity of saying a word or two further on of him and his doings.