to go to a certain mansion on State Street for food, which the friendly inmates would put aside and send to his mother; and he sensitively tried to conceal the contents of his tin pail from the rude boys who sought to discover them and to taunt him.
With all her sorrow at heart, his mother maintained her cheerful and courageous demeanor.
She had a fine voice—‘one of the best,’ her son was wont to say— and was ever singing at her work; and in the church meetings at which she and Martha Farnham
were constant and devoted attendants (sometimes opening their own house for an evening gathering), she sang with fervor the soul-stirring hymns which have been the inspiration and delight of the devout for generations.
She was mirthful withal, and had a quick sense of the ludicrous.
Once, when she strayed into the Methodist
meeting wearing a ruffle about her neck, as was the fashion of the day, she was startled by the minister's singling her out for rebuke, in his prayer, for what he considered a frivolous habit.
Her gravity was nearly upset when the good man exclaimed, ‘We pray thee, O Lord
, to strip Sister Garrison of her Babylonish frills!’
and she was convulsed with laughter, hours after, at the thought of it.
In September, 1810, she made her last visit to her old home at Granville
, Nova Scotia
, taking Lloyd
with her; but he was too young to remember anything but the Indians whom he then saw, and who came to his aunt's house with their pappooses slung upon their backs.
During the war of 1812-15, she removed to Lynn
to pursue her vocation, taking James
, her favorite son, a boy of much beauty and promise, with her, that he might learn the trade of shoemaking.
was left in Mrs. Farnham
's protecting care, while Lloyd
went to live with Deacon Ezekiel Bartlett
and wife, and their two daughters, worthy people, who dwelt at the corner of Water and Summer Streets, within sight and stone'sthrow of the Merrimac
, and who were faithful members