But as Dean hung up the phone he had no illusions about the pledges ever coming to fruition.
John had been in the habit of taking the children of powerful subjects as pledges for the good behaviour of their parents.
These bodies decided in 1889 and 18 9 0 to exert their influence in returning workmen to parliament, and where this was impossible, to secure pledges from middle-class candidates.
But the longing for these pledges of the divine assistance was insatiable.
He had transferred much territory to chiefs and confederacies devoted to his cause; every petty court had its Greek faction; and the detachments which he left behind at various positions, from the Afghan frontier to the Beas, and from near the base of the Himalaya to the Sind delta, were visible pledges of his return.