1 Meanwhile he held on to his modest position in a mercantile house in New Orleans, where an equal familiarity with English, French and Spanish gave him no small value as a clerk and correspondent.
2 The story of "old Prue," in the second volume, was an incident that fell under the personal observation of a brother of the writer, then collecting-clerk to a large mercantile house, in New Orleans.
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3 Her husband was captain of a mercantile boat plying between Dublin and Holland; and they had one child.
4 At the end of two months, being obliged to go to Lisbon about some mercantile affairs, he took the two philosophers with him in his ship.