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about a bit, especially to wait

“Yes, your honour, you know I must be puttering about a bit, especially to wait on you; I am in duty bound to do that, I think. How much you put me in mind of my dear old master that’s gone; just so he would sit on that chair, just so he would accept my humble service.”

ex The fortunate employ; or, The five acres ploughed. A Tale of real life. (London, 1827) : 164
By the Author of “Affection’s Gift,” “Solace of an Invalid,” “Sambre,” &c.,
[which might be Mary Ann Hedge, see BL record for Affection’s Gift (1819)]

28 February 2022