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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ... yard. The funeral was
characteristically a walking one, from New Inn, through Fleet
Street, and up Ludgate Hill. The followers were twenty, on foot, in
black gowns, and after them came three mourning coaches. The
attendants were all men of respectability; the ceremony was
conducted with much decency, and a very great concourse of people
attended. He was buried nearly under the only tree in the
church-yard. His age, which was fifty-nine years, was inscribed on
his coffin. HIS impostor, whose real name is unknown, frequented
.*. the streets of London in the early part of the present century,
and lived upon the credulity of the too charitable metropolis, in
which place he was only known by the familiar appellation of Toby.
He was a negro, and during a passage from Bermuda to Memel, while
on board a merchantman, lost all his toes; this accident was,
however, of great service, by rendering him an object of pity and
compassion, during his daily perambulations. The use of his own
language was also of great help to him, in fixing the attention of
passengers, and a great inducement to many to extend their charity
to this apparently distressed stranger; indeed, he left no method
untried to work upon the various dispositions of those he
supplicated. Very often he would preach to the spectators gathered
round him, and sometimes would amuse another sort of auditors with
a song; and when begging, he always appeared almost bent double, as
if with excessive pain and fatigue. But when his day's business was
done, he laid aside all constraint and walked upright; and at the
beggars' meeting there was not a more jovial member than he. From
these midnight revels he adjourned to a miserable lodging, from
which in the morning he again sallied Toby, A Begging...
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