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 Mise-money.Misere’re (4 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Misers.
 
The most renowned are:— (1) Baron Aguilar or Ephraim Lopes Pereira d’Aguilar, born at Vienna and died at Islington, worth £200,000. (1740–1802.)   1
   (2) Daniel Dancer. His sister lived with him, and was a similar character, but died before him. (1716–1794.)   2
   (3) Colonel O’Dogherty, though owner of large estates, lived in a windowless hut, which he entered by a ladder that he pulled up after him. His horse was mere skin and bone. He wore an old night-cap for wig, and an old brimless hat. His clothes were made up of patches, and his general appearance was that of extreme destitution.   3
   (4) Sir Harvey Elwes, who died worth £250,000, but never spent more than £110 a year.   4
   His sister-in-law inherited £100,000, but actually starved herself to death.   5
   Her son John, M.P., an eminent brewer in Southwark, never bought any clothes, never suffered his shoes to be cleaned, and grudged every penny spent in food. (1714–1789.)   6
   (5) Foscue, farmer-general of Languedoc, who hoarded his money in a secret cellar, where he was found dead.   7
   (6) Thomas Guy, founder of Guy’s Hospital. (1644–1724.)   8
   (7) Vulture Hopkins.   9
   (8) Dick Jarrett died worth £10,000, but his annual expenses never exceeded £6. The beer brewed at his christening was drunk at his funeral.   10
   (9) Messrs. Jardin, of Cambridge.   11
   (10) William Jennings, a neighbour and friend of Elwes, died worth £200,000, (1701–1797.)   12
   (11) The Rev.—Jonas, of Blewbury.   13
   (12) John Little left behind him £40,000, 180 wigs, 173 pairs of breeches, and an endless variety of other articles of clothing. His physician ordered him to drink a little wine for his health’s sake, but he died in the act of drawing the cork of a bottle.   14
   (13) Ostervald, the French banker, who died of starvation in 1790, possessed of £120,000.   15
   (14) John Overs, a Southwark ferryman.   16
   (15) The King of Patterdale, whose income was £800 a year, but his expenses never exceeded £30. He lived at the head of Lake Ulleswater. His last words were, “What a fortune a man might make if he lived to the age of Methuselah!” He died at the age of eighty-nine.   17
   (16) Guy Wilcocks, a female miser.   18
   (See EUCLIO, HARPAGON, etc.)   19
 


 Mise-money.Misere’re (4 syl.). 

 
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