Early Matrimony

My young driver talked fluently of America, and said he should go there but for the little gal he had married, who would be lonesome without him.

"The little gal you have married! you are not yet twenty!"

"That I aint, and the gal is but thirteen or fourteen."

"Nonsense, nonsense. What can you do with a wife?"

"And may be I don't know; why, work, and take care of her."

"And how much do you have a day?"

"Sometimes the sixpence, and when I gits a job with the pony, it's a shilling or fifteen pence."

"And with this you expect to support a wife?"

"With the turn that she can git now and then from a lady."

He was a sharp-nosed stinted boy, not in appearance more than sixteen, yet he had as high hopes of aggrandizement as though a candidate for parliament. Enviable content! happy misery!

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This book cannot be recommended highly enough to those interested in Irish social history. The author, Mrs Asenath Nicholson, travelled from her native America to assess the condition of the poor in Ireland during the mid 1840s. Her journey took her through the counties of Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford, Tipperary, Cork, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Cork, Kerry, as well as parts of King's County (now Offaly) and Queen's County (now Laois).

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