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counting house

A building once used primarily for accounting and bookkeeping.
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Charles Ratcliffe has dealt with his family's ruin honorably, by working like a "slave" to support his sister and widowed mother as a humble clerk in Sir Stephen's countinghouse.
At this point Seward, who was watching the front of the countinghouse, alerted the others that a second man--another clerk later identified as Jacob Weaver--was approaching the store.
On the wail behind Witsll is another quote from Knight: "We believe in profitability but do not sacrifice either principle or quality on the altar of the countinghouse.
I op'd my countinghouse, and took away These simple fragments of my treasury.
When walking in the gallery or counting in the countinghouse I stand or sit at ease; the highborn and the low approach and turn by turn require money, council, comfort in the battlefield or the bed at night.
13) As a result of his singular importance, the laws of the Inquisition were suspended, and Levy became the first professing Jew to own a sugar plantation on the island and was even allowed to observe the Sabbath by closing his countinghouse on Saturdays.