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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 114, December 7, 1856

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Identifier: DX03717896

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 114, December 7, 1856

Description: Regarding a story told by Jesse Haney about a beggar he and Sol Eytinge encountered on the street.


would have delighted Charles Lamb. It is extremely characteristic instance of Sol Eytinge’s charity. [Jesse] Haney was accompanying him up the Sixth Avenue (on Sunday last) when an Irish beggar of very equivocal sobriety accosted them with the customary whine of mendicancy “Gentlemen have pity on a poor &c &c I’m cowld, — and hunghry — and naked —! &c &c.” “It’s all right, — it’s all right!” says Sol. “No, gintlemen it’s not all right! I am cowld — &c &c!” “If I know you’ll be drunk and in the gutter in five minutes!” says Sol, giving him a quarter dollar, and moving on. Haney, who had been searching his pocket for cents, had also moved round so as to become over-conscious [word crossed out] of the smell of spirits; and [word crossed out] as he and Sol continued their walk remonstrated with Sol on his injudicious charity. “But,” says Sol, quietly, and perfectly unconscious of the peculiarity of his reply, “he drinks, you know, and hasn’t got any money. And I always pity a fellow who drinks!” Farther on some boys informed them that the man was “a regular old sucker!” And on Sol, presently, inviting Haney to drink, it appeared that he had but another shilling in the world!

The second story is short and droll. A Presbyterian preacher has delivered a sermon on what Haney felicitously termed “the inherent d__nation of everybody,” and is present, where an individual gives

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1856-12-07

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries


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