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* Merciful heavens } stammered out the secretary , * bnlj a book ; no , not even a book ; it is blank paper . All my hop £ s afe destroyed ! O wretched private secretary ! Come , let ' s be off to the basin . ' Mr . Tusmann would have run out . but Leonard barred the way ,
and said , ' Are you mad , Tusmann ? I tell you , man , that you have found a treasure . Now , just oblige me by putting that book , which was in the casket , into your pocket /
Mr . Tusmann obeyed . 6 Now / continued the goldsmith , think of some book that you would like to consult at the moment / * I only wish , ' said the secretary , that 1 had again " The Treatise of Politic Wisdom , by Thomasius , " which , like a jackass as I am , I threw into the basin at the Botanic Garden . '
Look at the book you have in your pocket , ' said Leonard , Mr . Tusmann looked , and lo and behold it was the treatise by Thomasius . ' Oh ! my beloved Thomasius / exclaimed he , ' do I see you (once again !' Silence ! ' said Leonard . ' Put the book into your pocket , and think of any work that you have sought after in vain at all the bookstalls , and at the collectors of books , and in the libraries . '
' During many years , ' replied Mr . Tusmann , < I have endeavoured to lay my hand upon a scarce , curious , and valuable work , entitled , " Braces for Unbelievers' Breeches ; or , a Short Treatise upon Faith ; proving it possible for Ten Thousand Angels to dance at one time upon the point of a Needle . " ' ' Look in your pocket , ' said the goldsmith . Mr . Tusmann drew the book from his pocket , and jumped with joy when he fount ! that he held in his nand the identical ' Braces for
Unbelievers' Breeches . ' ' Now / said the goldsmith , ' I dare say you perceive that ' by means of the book which you found in the casket you have in your own possession the most complete and portable library that ever existed . ' But the secretary paid no further attention to what was passing . He threw himself into an arm-chair in a corner of the room , put the book into his pocket , and drew it out , again and again ; in short , it was very easy to perceive that he was the happiest of
men . The Baron Benjamin's turn now arrived . He lounged into the room ; and , approaching the table , examined the irtsrcriptions through his glass , reading them in a lisping tone . Soon , however , a natural and irresistible instinct drew hint knv * fcr < fe the
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1835, page 257, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2644/page/33/