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cer : the expense of the work was thirty thousand pounds; and it was completed in the short space of twelve months."
" Well," said Edward, " I should hardly have thought, with all his precautions, it would have withstood such storms as I have heard uncle Tom speak of, when the sea runs mountains high, and breaks over the tall masts of the ship, as though it would be swallowed up every instant. I am sure uncle Tom will never make a sailor of me."
" I do not wish he should, my boy," said Mr. Ashton; " yet you must do your best to overcome your natural timidity, or you will find it a source of trouble and inconvenience to you in passing through life. But to return