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chained_bear commented on the word thames watermen
"From the anatomist they went on to those who supplied anatomists with what Blaine pleasantly described as their raw material: resurrection men, hangman's assistants, Thames watermen. 'There are also those who are on what is called the smothering-lay, men who entice benighted youths or countrymen who have had their pockets picked to a kipping-ken, and when they are asleep, lay another mattress on them and lie upon it themselves, two or three together.'"
--Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 106–107
March 4, 2008
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