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aided even by his mother's jointure) were quite inadequate fitly to defray the expenses of living at his splendid country-seat.
twelve thousand francs a year to defray the costs of a household consisting of father, mother, two children, a chambermaid and cook, living on the second floor of a house in the rue Duphot, in an apartment costing two thousand francs a year.
You will see that he hath refection, and such a purse of gold as may defray his charges, for indeed it is great honor to any court to have within it so noble and gentle a cavalier.
Show me, in this wide waste of London, any honest means by which I could even defray the weekly hire of this poor room, and see if I shrink from resorting to them
Yet so many people were there, still, to whom those riots taught no lesson of reproof or moderation, that a public subscription was set on foot in Scotland to defray the cost of his defence.
She therefore took her grandfather aside, and telling him that she had still enough left to defray the cost of their lodging, proposed that they should stay there for the night.
It defrays some of the costs you spend being on the board,'' said Conejo Valley Unified School District board President Dolores Didio, who said she works up to 20 hours a week on board business and incurs expenses ranging from fax supplies to lunches.