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Excerpt from Vesprie Towers: A Novel
Vesprie Towers and the tradition was that it had been concealed for some reason or another, some said to escape the claws of creditors, and others said to keep it safe from the Protector's soldiers. At the time when the land was on the eve of being sold for the mortgage money a peasant in the employ of the family was trolling in the mere and his hook caught in something. He pulled gently but firmly and raised to the top of the water a piece of gold plate which afterwards proved to be a chocolate cup. But when the article in question reached the surface it broke the line and sank again to the bottom of the mere. The peasant went at once to the Towers and told his master what had occurred and the mere was at once dragged, and then a large mass of gold plate and silver-gilt plate was pulled up. Strongly as the Vespries of that time desired to keep the plate in the family, the keeping of the land in the family was a far greater object. The plate not being among the positive heirlooms was sold and realised an immense sum of money, and from this source the mortgage was paid off.
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