Being out of health for a short time, at that period, the doctor told him he thought smoking was not good for his complaint.
He accordingly discontinued the practice, and formed a resolution not to renew it. When he recovered, it cost him a good deal of physical annoyance to conquer the long-settled habit; but he had sufficient strength of mind to persevere in the difficult task, and he never again used tobacco in any form.
Speaking of this to his son Edward, he said, ‘The fact is, whoever cures himself of any selfish indulgence, becomes a better man. It may seem strange that I should set out to improve at my age; but better late than never.’
He was eminently domestic in his character.
Perhaps no man ever lived, who better enjoyed staying at home.
He loved to invite his grandchildren, and write them pleasant little notes about the squirrel-pie, or some other rarity, which he had in preparation for them.
He seldom went out of his own family circle, except on urgent business, or to attend to some call of humanity.
He was always very attentive in waiting upon his wife to meeting, or elsewhere, and spent a large portion of his evenings in reading to her from the newspapers, or some book of Travels, or the writings of early Friends.
No man in the country had such a complete Quaker
He contrived to pick up every rare old