A lawyer: 'I <am but this moment quit of Mr. Maldon>'

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park sang joon

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The narrator recalls his childhood.
Mr. Wickfield is the master of his boarding house, one of his grand aunt's friends, and a lawyer.
Doctor Strong is the head master of the school he is newly going to.
Doctor Strong had asked Mr. Wickiled to get a job for his young wife's cousin Mr. Maldon.
Uriah is the clerk for Mr. Wickfield.
Mr. Wickfield and his only daughter and the narrator was about to have dinner when Mr. Maldon visited Mr. Wickfield's house.

We had scarcely done so when Uriah Heep put in his red head and his lank hand at the door, and said:
"Here's Mr. Maldon begs the favour of a word sir."
"I am but this moment quit of Mr. Maldon," said his master.
"Yes, sir," returned Uriah, "but Mr. Maldon has come back, and he begs the favour of a word."
[David Copperfield by Charles Dickens]
I'd like to know what "be quit of" here.
Thank you in advance for your help.
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  • Glasguensis

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    English - Scotland
    Sorry but after rereading I realise it should have been "Mr Maldon has just left me", since the speaker is still in the same place.
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