His friends made interest for him in the requisite quarters,

enkidu68

Senior Member
turkish
Hi folks, this is cited from Wellingborough Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)
Does it mean “his friends made him interested in finding a job in necessities depot of the ship? or did they make some arrangements for him to find this job?

What now was to be done? His friends made interest for him in the requisite quarters, and Harry was soon embarked for Bombay, as a midshipman in the East India service; in which office he was known as a "guinea-pig," a humorous appellation then bestowed upon the middies of the Company.
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It means they “brought person influence to bear” (from the OED definition). In other words, they “put in a good word” for him with influential people they knew, which led to his being given a job.
     
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