Tom had two abettors, in the shape of a couple of old boys, Noah and Benjamin by name, who defended him from Charity, and expended much time upon his education.
Within a month from the taking of the first stickleback, Benjy had carried off our hero to the canal, in defiance of Charity; and between them, after a whole afternoon's popjoying, they had caught three or four small, coarse fish and a perch, averaging perhaps two and a half ounces each, which Tom bore home in rapture to his mother as a precious gift, and which she received like a true mother with equal rapture, instructing the cook nevertheless, in a private interview, not to prepare the same for the Squire's dinner.
Whatever people'll think of us - you throwing yourself like this on a Charity?"
In the privacy of a four-wheeler, on her way to a charity cottage (one of a row) which by the exiguity of its dimensions and the simplicity of its accommodation, might well have been devised in kindness as a place of training for the still more straitened circumstances of the grave, she was forced to hid from her own child a blush of remorse and shame.
"They answered that they were all in perfect charity and free from anger; and in their turn asked him whether he was in the same mind towards them.
"He answered, 'I am in charity, my children, with all the servants of God.'
1821 the only officially supported charitable organization in New York City was the City Dispensary -- municipal aid to others having been cut off in 1817 on the grounds that charity to the poor only made them lazy and improvident}
Henly that, in consequence of his family's dining out, and his own engagements, he was fasting, and begged her charity for a meal.
But you know none are so formal as bankers in transacting business; I intended this money for the charity
fund, and I seemed to be robbing them if I did not pay them with these precise bonds.
The wisdom of encouraging a little harmless pride in personal appearance even among the blind, or the whimsical absurdity of considering charity
and leather breeches inseparable companions, as we do, requires no comment.
Her orders were indeed so liberal, that, had it been a child of her own, she could not have exceeded them; but, lest the virtuous reader may condemn her for showing too great regard to a base-born infant, to which all charity
is condemned by law as irreligious, we think proper to observe that she concluded the whole with saying, "Since it was her brother's whim to adopt the little brat, she supposed little master must be treated with great tenderness.
Lessons in patience were so sweetly taught her that she could not fail to learn them, charity
for all, the lovely spirit that can forgive and truly forget unkindness, the loyalty to duty that makes the hardest easy, and the sincere faith that fears nothing, but trusts undoubtingly.