When he was fourteen years old, he wrote to her his first love-letter.
The village schoolmaster taught for very low wages, and was not remarkably well-qualified for his task; as was generally the case at that early period.
Isaac's labor was needed on the farm all the summer; consequently, he was able to attend school only three months during the winter.
He was, therefore, so little acquainted with the forms of letter-writing, that he put Sarah's name inside the letter, and his own on the outside.
She, being an only daughter, and a great pet in her family, had better opportunities for education.
She told her young lover that was not the correct way to write a letter, and instructed him how to proceed in future.
From that time, they corresponded constantly.
Isaac likewise formed a very strong friendship with his cousin Joseph Whitall
, who was his schoolmate, and about his own age. They shared together all their joys and troubles, and were companions in all boyish enterprises.
Thus was a happy though laborious childhood passed in the seclusion of the woods, in the midst of home influences and rustic occupations.
His parents had no leisure to bestow on intellectual culture; for they had a numerous family of children, and it required about all their time to feed and clothe them respectably.
But they were worthy, kind-hearted people, whose moral precepts