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WHEN it was the custom for barristers to leave chambers early, and to
finish their evenings at the coffee-houses in the neighborhood of the
inns of court, Lord Thurlow on some occasion wanted to see Dunning
privately. He went to the coffee-house frequented by him, and asked a
waiter if Mr. Dunning was there. The waiter, who was new in his place,
said he did not know him. Not know him! exclaimed Thurlow, with his
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like the knave of clubs, tell him he is particularly wanted. The
waiter went up, and forthwith reappeared followed by Dunning.

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