possessions in a handkerchief, threw the bundle down among the pumpkin-vines from his window, and then, going down and recovering it, started for Newburyport
He had calculated the time it would take him to cross the long bridge; and when the daily stage-coach overtook him he seized the rack behind, and ran and swung himself by turns to facilitate his progress.
When the stage paused at a stopping-place, he trudged on until it again came along, and then repeated the operation, in this way accomplishing several miles.
The passengers in the coach, meanwhile, were wondering how so small a lad could keep up with it. But the fugitive was missed at Haverhill
, and, as he was wont to tell the story in after years, his master took a short
cut by which he saved time and distance over the stage-road, and recaptured his apprentice.
He bore him no ill-will, however, and, when Lloyd
confessed his homesickness, promised to release him if he would only return to Haverhill
and take his leave in a regular and proper manner, so that neither of them should be compromised.
He kept his word, and Lloyd
again took up his abode at Deacon Bartlett
In a letter written to James by his mother, about this time, she said,—‘I am trying to get Lloyd
a place as1
house C[arpenter?], as he does not incline to go into a store.
His reason is this: he says unless he has a capital when he is out of his time, he will not be able to commence business, but if he has a trade, he can go to work and help maintain his M[other]: a very good resolve for a child of fourteen.’
Repeated efforts were made to find a situation for him, but without success until the autumn of 1818, when Mr. Ephraim W. Allen
, editor and proprietor of the Newburyport (semi-weekly) Herald
, wishing a boy to learn the printer's trade, Lloyd
was presented as a candidate for the place and accepted; and, having been duly apprenticed for the usual term of seven years, entered the printing-office of the Herald
on the 18th of October, 1818.