begging letter


a letter asking for money sent esp by a stranger to someone known to be rich

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Historical Examples of begging letter

  • Every one a begging-letter, except that blue one on the top, which is from a clergyman.

  • The Begging-Letter Writer often has an extensive circle of acquaintance.

    Reprinted Pieces

    Charles Dickens

  • He throws off the infection of begging-letter writing, like the contagion of disease.

    Reprinted Pieces

    Charles Dickens

  • Any begging-letter impostor would have written as good a one.

  • He approached Lord Cholme, not with a begging-letter, but with a proposal to finance this aeroplane scheme.


    William McFee