command of money

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Brooke the hereditary strain of Puritan energy was clearly in abeyance; but in his niece Dorothea it glowed alike through faults and virtues, turning sometimes into impatience of her uncle's talk or his way of "letting things be" on his estate, and making her long all the more for the time when she would be of age and have some command of money for generous schemes.
The Baron answers, "I must positively have command of money.
He showed no love of patronage or the command of money, but distinctly preferred resigning both to Mr Boffin.