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would have delighted Charles Lamb.   It is extremely
characteristic instance of Sol Eytinge s charity.  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!   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  of the smell of spirits; and 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 inform-
ed 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
  The second story is short and droll.   A Pres-
byterian preacher has delivered a sermon on what Haney
felicitously termed  the inherent d__nation of every-
body,  and is present, where an individual gives
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page one hundred and fourteen
Description:Regarding a story told by Jesse Haney about a beggar he and Sol Eytinge encountered on the street.
Subject:Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Irish; Poverty; Religion
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Sixth Avenue
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.