a rascal with a nice name

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Wed Jan 28 16:26:40 UTC 2009

        [Edward Gallagher, about 50, recently sent to the Pen for stealing, dies there; "a famous depredator in a small way, and withal a great wag"]
        Morning Courier & New-York Enquirer, April 28, 1843, p. 2, col. 4; New York Herald, April 27, 1843, p. 2, col. 3;
        On Wednesday, while the Coroner was holding an inquest at Blackwell's Island on the body of Ned Dougherty [sic], known as "Poverty parts friends,". . . .
        NY Herald, April 28, 1843, p. 1, col. 6;
        ***  The deceased, who had assumed the soubriquet of “Poverty Parts Good Company,” was somewhat distinguished in his day as a drunkard, a wit, and occasionally as a thief upon a small scale. . . .  ***
        New-York Daily Tribune, April 28, 1843, p. 2, col. 6

Poor Ned. There were worse people in New York in his day.  I surmise that he was an Irish rascal, and wonder whether the discrepancy as to his soubriquet arose from it having been in fact in Irish.


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

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