CHAPTER V.
IN THE MINISTRY.

THIS end had been reached through years of struggle and privation. His master having died after two years, having bought his time, he commenced business for himself in the greatest poverty. At twenty he married and added family cares to other burdens. Three years he preached at Barton, "going," as he said, "on the Lord's day morning and returning at night as the distance was but about six miles." Having no acquaintance with ministers, "I was obliged to draw all from the Word of God."

Subsequent years showed how rich were the draughts thus made from the inexhaustible Fountain.

Soon, in consequence of the utter poverty of the people, we find him transferred to Moulton where his salary was never more than seventy-five dollars a year. This meagre support he endeavored to supplement by keeping a school. For this calling he was entirely incompetent.

"When I kept school," he says, "the boys kept me."

This resource proving inadequate, he resorted to his trade as a shoemaker. One of his early friends says. "Once a fortnight or three weeks Carey might be seen walking eight or ten miles with a wallet full of shoes upon his shoulders, and then returning home the same day with a fresh supply of leather to fulfill his future engagements."

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