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A company at a tavern had 8 pounds 15 shillings to pay for their reckoning; but before the bill was settled, two of them sneaked off, and then those, who remained, had 10 shilling a piece more to pay than before; how many were there in this company?

Solution: The book gives the answer of 7.

Source: Samuel Webber's Mathematics Compiled from the Best Authors, 1808, p. 329.