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very kind to me. The wages are small, but board is low; plenty of work and no more idle times for me after this. You will be pleased to hear that I have obtained a situation in the machine shop for my son, as an apprentice for three years. I shall be in Boston on Fast-day, and shall be sure to call and see you. Hoping this may find you enjoying good health and every other blessing, I remain your humble and ever grateful servant, &c., &c.
Another, writing from New York, says: "When I left Boston, you requested me to inform you of my.welfare as soon as I should be settled ; but I did not intend then to write to you until my affairs were in a comparatively prosperous condition. I thought then that I should have but little difficulty in obtaining employ
I looked forward into the future with buoyant spirits, feeling sure that, if God would but grant me good health, I would soon build up a home and a name for myself. But man proposes, God disposes ;' since I have been here I have had but three weeks' steady employment. There are other branches of labor at which I might find steady employment, but owing to my bad health I dare not accept any of them; those who could and should have helped me to obtain labor adapted to the delicate state of my constitution have either given me the cold shoulder, or expressed their willingness to do so in very unwilling terms and decidedly unwilling looks. Could I compress all my experience of the short time that has elapsed since my release into this letter, you would be astonished. Now I am very poor, — so poor that I do not know where my breakfast or dinner is coming from ; and if you will help me to put over a few days or a week you will confer an infinite favor. Of course I do not ask you to aid me from your own pocket ; but if you are allowed by the State to go beyond what you have already done for me, as I said before, it will be of infinite value to me. I applied to the Free Labor Agency to-day in search of country employment, but many days must elapse before I receive a definite answer. This is caused by the large number who are in search of employment, and whose names are entered on the books ahead of me; and what I am to do in the meantime, without a little of your assistance, God only knows. I feel as though I would rather starve to death before I would steal again; but those who are blessed with enough to eat and