Albert opened the paper, it was an attestation of four notable inhabitants of Yanina, proving that Colonel Fernand Mondego, in the service of Ali Tepelini, had surrendered the castle for two million crowns.
Do you wish these proofs, these attestations, which I alone possess, to be destroyed?
Nor must there be omitted another strange attestation
of the antiquity of the whale, in his own osseous post-diluvian reality, as set down by the venerable John Leo, the old Barbary traveller.
Goodwill supplying the place of experience, his character needed no attestation
. "Catherine would make a sad, heedless young housekeeper to be sure," was her mother's foreboding remark; but quick was the consolation of there being nothing like practice.
I can't express what followed it save by saying that the silence itself-- which was indeed in a manner an attestation
of my strength-- became the element into which I saw the figure disappear; in which I definitely saw it turn as I might have seen the low wretch to which it had once belonged turn on receipt of an order, and pass, with my eyes on the villainous back that no hunch could have more disfigured, straight down the staircase and into the darkness in which the next bend was lost.
These fathers, otherwise so apostolic, lacked Heaven's last and rarest attestation
of their office, the Tongue of Flame.
"He proposes to seal up the original manuscript of the letter, and to add to it a plain statement of the circumstances under which it was discovered, supported by your signed attestation
and mine, as witnesses to the fact.
He would wait for the last quarter - he wouldn't stir till then; and he kept his watch there with his eyes on it, reflecting while he held it that this deliberate wait, a wait with an effort, which he recognised, would serve perfectly for the attestation
he desired to make.
`I will not say, that since I entered into the engagement I have not had some happy moments; but I can say, that I have never known the blessing of one tranquil hour:' and the quivering lip, Emma, which uttered it, was an attestation
that I felt at my heart."
Indeed, the mild, expansive brevity with which it was uttered, and a certain look, at once appealing and inscrutable, that issued from Newman's half-closed eyes as he leaned his head against the back of his chair, seemed to her the most eloquent attestation
of a mature sentiment that she had ever encountered.
She saw the well-known signature: "Andrew Vanstone." She saw the customary attestations
of the two witnesses; and the date of the document, reverting to a period of more than five years since.
As genuine documents they are sent to me-- and as genuine documents I shall preserve them, endorsed by the attestations
of witnesses who can speak to the facts.