Cyrus Redding (1785-1870), Fifty Years' Recollections, Literary and Personal, with Observations on Men and Things
, 2nd ed., Vol. II (London: Charles J. Skeet, 1858), p. 100:
He told me, laughingly, that some gentlemen of the Institute had supplied him with a profusion of clothing, and he wore it once or twice, but being in great want of some books, he could not resist the temptation of selling their presents that he might procure the works he wanted.
Id., "Mentellé the Hungarian," The New Monthly Magazine
117 (1859) 91-94 (at 93):
He once gave lessons in the languages at the German Protestant minister's, whose wife used to ask him to dine with the family, and as the clothes he wore were not fit for any one to appear in, she used to send him good ones, but he soon parted with them for books.
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