been left by any individual at that time in Boston.
With that he always said that he never tried or expected to get more than six per cent on an investment.
He abstained as a rule from speculative investments and he never borrowed.
What he could not compass by present means was to him interdicted.
One feels that the stern Puritan spirit of father and ancestors spoke in this man also.
One wonders how, with such conservative principles, he accumulated his fortune.
When I came to Boston in 1782, he writes, the country was wretchedly poor.
It was the last year of the war; peace was declared in State street in January, 1783, about a month after I came.
My father had died the year before, my mother was left with her four children with nothing but the farm of little more than one hundred acres, and on this some debts were due and so remained until I was able to pay them.
We had to struggle through as well as we could.
No woman could have done better, if so well, as my good mother.