strongly urged; yet while ‘Aristides
’ had much to say in depreciation of the latter, he evidently knew very little of the former, and simply supported him because he was the candidate of the Pickering
Quotations from Shakespeare
prefixed to two or three of the letters indicate that the writer was already familiar with those masters of the language.
Aside from his great sorrow in the loss of his mother and sister, the last three years of Lloyd
's apprenticeship were very happy years to him. Trusted by his master with the entire supervision of the printing-office, and with the editorial charge of the Herald
when he was himself absent; devoting his spare hours to reading and study; encouraged by the recognition of merit in his various essays at writing for the press, and by the ready acceptance and insertion of his articles and communications: fond of social intercourse, and a universal favorite with his friends of both sexes; full of health, vigor and ambition; known and respected by all his townspeople as an exemplary and promising young man—success in life seemed easily within his grasp.
An oil portrait taken about this period by Swain
, a local artist, represents him with a smooth face, abundant black hair, a standing collar, and a ruffled shirt bosom.
‘He was an 1
exceedingly genteel young man,’ writes Mr. Morss
, ‘always neatly, and perhaps I might say elegantly dressed, and in good taste, and was quite popular with the ladies.’
And the Rev. E. W. Allen
, a son of the Herald
proprietor, has a vivid recollection of Lloyd
's handsome face, glowing color, quick and active movements, and his ever bright and happy presence in the household.
His most intimate friend at this time was a young man named William Goss Crocker
, who was, like himself, warmly attached to the Baptist church, and who subsequently became a missionary to Liberia
, where he died in 1844.
He was only a few months older than Lloyd
, and they spent many evenings together in a room over the bookstore and printing-office of W. & J. Gilman