own affairs with the property belonging to his wife's children, who had been intrusted to his care.
Poverty and persecution had broken down his spirits, and when he was discharged from prison he left Baltimore
and tried to obtain a situation as clerk in Philadelphia
He did not succeed in procuring employment.
His clothes became thread-bare, and he had no money to purchase a new suit.
In this situation, some people to whom he applied for employment treated him as if he were an impostor.
In a state of despair he went one day to drown himself.
But when he had put some heavy stones in his pocket to make him sink rapidly, he seemed to hear a voice calling to him to forbear; and looking up, he saw a man watching him. He hurried away to avoid questions, and passing by a sailor's boarding-house, he went in and offered to wait upon the boarders for his food.
They took him upon those terms; and the gentleman who had been accustomed to ride in his own carriage, and be waited upon by servants, now roasted oysters and went of errands for common seamen.
He was in this forlorn situation, when accident introduced him to Friend Hopper
He immediately furnished him with a suit of warm clothes; for the weather was cold, and his garments thin.
He employed him to post up his account-books, and finding that he did it in a very perfect