Peter could give no very clear account of his transactions
His emotion was only revealed by the immense sighs he drew, as he solemnly spread his large Bible on the table, and overlaid it with dirty bank-notes from his pocket-book, the produce of the day's transactions
Although Captain Wragge's inborn sense of order was in him -- as it is in others -- a sense too inveterately mechanical to exercise any elevating moral influence over his actions, it had produced its legitimate effect on his habits, and had reduced his rogueries as strictly to method and system as if they had been the commercial transactions
of an honest man.
It was famous, too, for the pillory, a wise old institution, that inflicted a punishment of which no one could foresee the extent; also, for the whipping-post, another dear old institution, very humanising and softening to behold in action; also, for extensive transactions
in blood-money, another fragment of ancestral wisdom, systematically leading to the most frightful mercenary crimes that could be committed under Heaven.
Gummidge, whose courtship would appear to have been of an exactly parallel nature, she was so continually reminded by these transactions
of the old one.
Quite overpowered by the magnificence of these transactions
, I asked him where the ships he insured mostly traded to at present?
Bryce of course divined that Dunstan wanted to sell the horse, and Dunstan knew that he divined it (horse-dealing is only one of many human transactions
carried on in this ingenious manner); and they both considered that the bargain was in its first stage, when Bryce replied ironically--
It is printed among the transactions
of the society, and is accessible to the curious only by loan from the members, and I regret that I am unable to print any extracts here.
But I shall not anticipate the reader with further descriptions of this kind, because I reserve them for a greater work, which is now almost ready for the press; containing a general description of this empire, from its first erection, through along series of princes; with a particular account of their wars and politics, laws, learning, and religion; their plants and animals; their peculiar manners and customs, with other matters very curious and useful; my chief design at present being only to relate such events and transactions
as happened to the public or to myself during a residence of about nine months in that empire.
In the luxuriance of youth, and in the vigor of manhood, it is pleasing and instructive to look backward upon the helpless days of infancy; but in the continual and essential changes of a growing subject, the transactions
of that early period would be soon obliterated from the memory but for some periodical call of attention to aid the silent records of the historian.
Those who had an opportunity of seeing the inside of the transactions
which attended the progress of the controversy between this State and the district of Vermont, can vouch the opposition we experienced, as well from States not interested as from those which were interested in the claim; and can attest the danger to which the peace of the Confederacy might have been exposed, had this State attempted to assert its rights by force.
The general precaution, that no new States shall be formed, without the concurrence of the federal authority, and that of the States concerned, is consonant to the principles which ought to govern such transactions