When one reflects upon the time that must have been bestowed on all these avocations, do his pecuniary embarrassments require any further explanation?
A member of his own Society summed up the case very justly in few words.
Hearing him censured by certain individuals, she replied, ‘The whole amount of it is this:—the Bible
requires us to love our neighbor as well as ourselves; and Friend Isaac has loved them better.’
These straitened circumstances continued during the remainder of his residence in Philadelphia
; and his family stood by him nobly through the trial.
Household expenses were reduced within the smallest possible limits.
His wife opened a tea-store, as an available means of increasing their income.
The simple dignity of her manners, and her pleasing way of talking, attracted many ladies, even among the fashionable, who liked to chat with the handsome Quaker
matron, while they were purchasing household stores.
The elder daughters taught school, and took upon themselves double duty in the charge of a large family of younger children.
How much they loved and honored their father, was indicated by their zealous efforts to assist and sustain him. I have heard him tell, with much emotion, how one of them slipped some of her earnings into his pocket, while he slept in his arm-chair.
She was anxious to save him from the pain of being unable to meet necessary