It accommodated about fifty boarders, most of whom were shoe-makers, who worked in their own rooms, or in shops at the top of the house, and paid, for room and board, two dollars and a half per week.
This was the house to which Horace Greeley
removed, a few days after his arrival in the city, and there he lived for more than two years. The reader of the Tribune may, perhaps, remember, that its editor has frequently displayed a particular acquaintance with the business of shoe-making, and drawn many illustrations of the desirableness and feasibility of association from the excessive labor and low wages of shoemakers.
It was at this house that he learned the mysteries of the craft.
He was accustomed to go up into the shops, and sit among the men while waiting for dinner.
It was here, too, that he obtained that general acquaintance with the life and habits of city mechanics, which has enabled him since to address them so wisely and so convincingly.
He is remembered by those who lived with him there, only as a very quiet, thoughtful, studious young man, one who gave no trouble, never went out “to spend the evening,” and read nearly every minute when he was not working or eating.
The late Mr. Wilson
, of the Brother Jonathan
, who was his roommate for some months, used to say, that often he went to bed leaving his companion absorbed in a book, and when he awoke in the morning, saw him exactly in the same position and attitude, as though he had not moved all night.
He had not read all night, however, but had risen to his book with the dawn.
Soon after sunrise, he went over the way to his work.
Another of Mr. Wilson
's reminiscences is interesting.
The reader is aware, perhaps, from experience, that people who pay only two dollars and a half per week for board and lodging are not provided with all the luxuries of the season; and that, not unfrequently, a desire for something delicious steals over the souls of boarders, particularly on Sundays, between 12, M. and 1., P. M. The eatinghouse revolution had then just begun, and the institution of Dining Down Town was set up; in fact, a bold man established a Sixpenny Dining Saloon in Beekman-street, which was the talk of the shops in the winter of 1831.
On Sundays Horace and his friends, after their return from Mr. Sawyer
's (Universalist) church in Orchardstreet, were accustomed to repair to this establishment, and indulge