recommended to the governor for pardon.
Not succeeding in this effort, he wrote an article on the impropriety of confining juvenile offenders with old hardened convicts.
He published this in the daily papers, and it produced considerable effect.
When the Board again met, Isaac T. Hopper
and Thomas Dobson
were appointed to wait on the governor, to obtain a pardon for the lads if possible.
After considerable hesitation, the request was granted on condition that worthy men could be found, who would take them as apprentices.
agreed to find such persons; and he kept his word.
One of them was bound to a tanner, the other to a carpenter.
But their excellent friend did not lose sight of them.
He reminded them that they were now going among strangers, and their success and happiness would mainly depend on their own conduct.
He begged of them, if they should ever get entangled with unprofitable company, or become involved in difficulty of any kind, to come to him, as they would to a considerate father.
He invited them to spend all their leisure evenings at his house.
For a long time, it was their constant practice to take tea with him every Sunday, and join the family in reading the Bible
and other serious books.
At the end of a year, they expressed a strong desire to visit their father.
Some fears were entertained lest his influence over them should prove injurious;