before, he was full of delight, for ‘a new world seemed opened’ to his vision, and from that time he wore glasses.
About this same period he had a boyish desire to go to Greece
and join the forces of the revolutionists against Turkish tyranny, and he also thought of seeking a military education at West Point
He was enthusiastic over Lafayette
's visit to Newburyport
, at the end of August,1
1824, and was among the thousands who awaited his arrival late at night, in a drenching rain.
He used to narrate how Lafayette
, who was deeply moved by the sight, begged the people, with tears in his eyes, no longer to expose themselves so for his sake, but to disperse and come and shake him by the hand the next morning, and Lloyd
was one of the multitude who availed themselves of that privilege.
His most considerable contribution to the Herald 2
during the last year of his apprenticeship was a threecolumn article on ‘American Writers,’ in reply to an attack by John Neal
in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine;
but most of the writers in whose behalf he sharpened his quill are now forgotten and unknown.
On the 10th of December, 1825, he completed his apprenticeship of seven years and two months in the Herald
office, and under the (as it subsequently appeared, mistaken) impression that the year of his birth was 1804, and that he had now attained his majority, he signalized the event by a fervid poem of eight stanzas, entitled ‘Twenty-One!’
with this concluding invocation:
Spirit of Independence! where art thou?—3
I see thy glorious form—and eagle eye,
Beaming beneath thy mild and open brow—
Thy step of majesty, and proud look high:
Thee I invoke!—O to this bosom fly;
Nor wealth shall awe my soul, nor might, nor power;
And should thy whelps assail,—lank poverty!
Or threatening clouds of dark oppression lower,—
Yet these combined—defied!
shall never make thee4 cower!