"Only excuse me, my dear fellow, I'll give you twenty thousand and a note of hand
for eighty thousand as well.
'It's a weight off my mind, but - this thing here?' - he waved the note of hand
- 'I don't know Gobind Sahai: or his bank, which may be a hole in a wall.'
This fellow presumes on my having in my desk round the corner, his dirty note of hand
for a wretched sum payable on the occurrence of a certain event, which event can only be of my and my wife's bringing about!
"Note of hand
" means signatures which, in turn, means Wild knew exactly who owned the book.