While the experiences of life were thus deepening and strengthening his character, the fair child, Sarah Tatum
, was emerging into womanhood.
She was a great belle in her neighborhood, admired by the young men for her comely person, and by the old for her good sense and discreet manners.
He had many competitors for her favor.
Once, when he went to invite her to ride to Quarterly Meeting, he found three Quaker
beaux already there, with horses and sleighs for the same purpose.
But though some of her admirers abounded in worldly goods, her mind never swerved from the love of her childhood.
The bright affectionate school-boy, who delighted to sit with her under the shady trees, and twist her shining curls over his fingers, retained his hold upon her heart as long as its pulses throbbed.
Her father at first felt some uneasiness, lest his daughter should marry out of the Society of Friends.
But Isaac had been for some time seriously impressed with the principles they professed, and when he assured the good old gentleman that he would never take Sarah out of the Society, of which she was born a member, he was perfectly satisfied to receive him as a son-in-law.
At that period, there were several remarkable individuals among Quaker
preachers in that part of the country, and their meetings were unusually lively and spirit-stirring.
One of them, named Nicholas