CHAPTER III.
YOUTH.

THE straightened circumstances of the family not permitting him to remain longer at school, at this early age he was apprenticed to a shoemaker. Shoes he made so well that a pair were kept by his master, Mr. Old, as a specimen of good workmanship.

The influences around his early life were highly moral, his parents and his master being strict churchmen; but of experimental religion, up to this time, he says "he had heard very little.""His master was an inveterate enemy to lying, a vice to which he confesses himself awfully addicted." An incident of this period, related in his own words, will show his great candor and the momentous influence of what seem to be little things upon after life. "A circumstance which I always reflect on with a mixture of horror and gratitude occurred about this time, which, though greatly to my discredit, I must relate. It being customary in that part of the country for apprentices to collect Christmas boxes (donations) from the tradesmen with whom their masters have dealings, I was permitted to collect these little sums. When I applied to an iron monger, he gave me the choice of a shilling or a sixpence. I, of course, chose the shilling, and putting it in my pocket went away. When I had got a few shillings, my next care was to purchase a few little articles for myself,

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