One of our clerks, who was an outsider, used, in the height of this contest, to sit with his hat on, that he might be ready to rush out and swear before a surrogate any victim who was brought in.
Mr. Spenlow had stepped out, old Tiffey said, to get a gentleman sworn for a marriage licence; but as I knew he would be back directly, our place lying close to the Surrogate’s, and to the Vicar-General’s office too, I told Peggotty to wait.
The Surrogate knows me, when I go down to be sworn; and disposes of me easily, as if there were a Masonic understanding between us.
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The candidate stays positive by using surrogates to attack his opponent.