John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 208

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My Chief Mr Dawson was up at the time - on my return from work in the evening was informed a small parcel had been sent up and was in my Bed Room =  thinking it might be some official papers did not see after it at once - when I did go into the room for the purpose of ascertaining what it was made of -  and there upon the bed was what any individual might have taken for a coffin, being covered up with a sheet - it deceived me however for an instant only - it was soon desecrated the sheet off - the screws drawn and shavings on the floor to the great amusement of my friends  =  the (screws tried my patience greatly)
What a scene of unpacking there was but there is no need to explain the matter to you

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