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These are merely the rough copies," he explained: "and, as soon as I have put in the final corrections--" making a great commotion among the different parchments, "--a semi-colon or two that I have accidentally omitted--" here he darted about, pen in hand, from one part of the scroll to another, spreading sheets of blotting-paper over his corrections, "all will be ready for signing.
Rough copies of his letters were dated and put away in a box, ticketed "My Correspondence.
After the students' rough copies were drafted, a box of dictionaries and thesauruses was made available and students were challenged to improve their writing in their final copies.