Unbending the rigid folds of the parchment cover, I found it to be a commission, under the hand and seal of Governor Shirley, in favour of one Jonathan Pine, as Surveyor of His Majesty's Customs for the Port of Salem, in the Province of Massachusetts Bay.
I had ceased to be a writer of tolerably poor tales and essays, and had become a tolerably good Surveyor of the Customs.
And know you further by witness of thine own eyes that see him here now upon the Pedestal of Truth that he has indeed returned from these sacred precincts in the face of our ancient customs
, and in violation of the sanctity of our ancient religion.
It became quite a custom
for the steward, as he finished his sixth bottle before turning in, to call upon Kwaque for his story.
I voted that women might vote, because I knew that they, the wives and mothers of the race, would vote John Barleycorn out of existence and back into the historical limbo of our vanished customs
This brought to our heroe's mind the custom
which he had read of among the Greeks and Romans, of indulging, on certain festivals and solemn occasions, the liberty to slaves, of using an uncontrouled freedom of speech towards their masters.
There was the good old custom
of taking the linchpins out of the farmers' and bagmen's gigs at the fairs, and a cowardly, blackguard custom
There's some sense in this custom
of saying good-bye to bachelor life," said Sergey Ivanovitch.
It is useful to know something of the manners of different nations, that we may be enabled to form a more correct judgment regarding our own, and be prevented from thinking that everything contrary to our customs
is ridiculous and irrational, a conclusion usually come to by those whose experience has been limited to their own country.
He was very well known to the customs
officers of the coast; and as there was between these worthies and himself a perpetual battle of wits, he had at first thought that Dantes might be an emissary of these industrious guardians of rights and duties, who perhaps employed this ingenious means of learning some of the secrets of his trade.
I say at once there are fewer difficulties in holding hereditary states, and those long accustomed to the family of their prince, than new ones; for it is sufficient only not to transgress the customs
of his ancestors, and to deal prudently with circumstances as they arise, for a prince of average powers to maintain himself in his state, unless he be deprived of it by some extraordinary and excessive force; and if he should be so deprived of it, whenever anything sinister happens to the usurper, he will regain it.
Picardie = province of France, north of Evreux; barrieres = gates at the edge of Paris, where local customs
duties were collected; magazin = shop; fiacre = a kind of carriage; Douane = customs
house; confidential commissionaire = special messenger}
We had certain customs
and visited our wrath upon the unlucky ones who violated those customs
For since the '45 the English had done everything to make the Highlanders forget their old language and customs
Where there is still a people, there the state is not understood, but hated as the evil eye, and as sin against laws and customs