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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 138, January 13-15, 1857

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Identifier: DX03656081

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 138, January 13-15, 1857

Description: Describes encountering an Irish beggar on the street with Haney.

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minnows.” Jack Boutcher is doing pretty well in his new business, has a snug little house in Starch Green, buys pigeons which strangers shoot when he lets ‘em out and keeps lots of fowls which won’t lay eggs. He is now father of a girl who sleeps quietly under the infliction of “the brutal name of Jane Elizabeth.”

14. Wednesday. Office. Writing at night.

15. Thursday. Going down Broadway in company with [Jesse] Haney this morning, as I stopped opposite to the site of what was once the Irving House, an ingenious attempt at petty imposition was practiced upon me. I had produced my pocket book to pay for a paper when a bulky-looking fellow dressed like a laboring man, with blue overalls, little gaiters, and cap addressing me with a thick Irish brogue inquired if I were not a farmer and whether I couldn’t give him a little job or so. I bel being alive to the dodge asked him whether I looked like a farmer &c, upon which he went on to say that had’nt had any breakfast, “wouldn’t I give him six pence?”

Now [James] Parton had been twice accosted by this very knave last winter, having relieved him the first time. The fellow then, as now, carried over his shoulder a shovel and a very clean basket.

On mentioning the dodge to [Jesse] Haney he slink off, accepting his position as rogue instantly!

Office. Writing in the evening.

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1857-01-13

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Poverty
Irish

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