and I resolved to live more consistently with the principles of christian sobriety.’
When he was sixteen years old, it became a question to what business he should devote himself.— There was a prospect of obtaining a situation for him in a store at Philadelphia
; and for that purpose it was deemed expedient that he should take up his abode for a while with his maternal uncle, whose house he had been so fond of visiting in early boyhood.
He did not succeed in obtaining the situation he expected, but remained in the city on the look-out for some suitable employment.
Meanwhile, he was very helpful to his uncle, who, finding him diligent and skillful, tried to induce him to learn his trade.— It was an occupation ill-adapted to his vigorous body and active mind; but he was not of a temperament to fold his hands and wait till something ‘turned up;’ and as his uncle was doing a prosperous business, he concluded to accept his proposition.
About the same time, his beloved cousin, Joseph Whitall
, was sent to Trenton
to study law. This was rather a severe trial to Isaac's feelings.
Not that he envied his superior advantages; but he had sad forebodings that separation would interrupt their friendship, and that such a different career would be very likely to prevent its renewal.
They parted with mutual regret, and did not meet again for several years.
When Isaac bade adieu to the paternal roof, his