A person, whom I will call Michael Stanley
, was sentenced to Sing Sing
for two years; being convicted of grand larceny when he was about twenty-two years old. When his term expired, he called upon the Prison Association, and obtained assistance in procuring employment.
He endeavored to establish a good character, and was so fortunate as to gain the affections of a very orderly, industrious young woman, whom he soon after married.
In his Register, Friend Hopper
thus describes a visit to them, little more than a year after he was discharged from prison: ‘I called yesterday to visit M. S. He lives in the upper part of a brick house, nearly new. His wife is a neat, likely-looking woman, and appears to be a nice housekeeper.
Everything about the premises indicates frugality, industry, and comfort.
They have plain, substantial furniture, and a good carpet on the floor.
Before their door is a grass-plot, and the margin of the fence is lined with a variety of plants in bloom.
He and his wife, and her mother, manifested much gratification at my visit.’
In little more than two years after he began to retrieve the early mistakes of his life, M. S. established a provision shop on his own account, in the city of New-York
, and was successful.
He and his tidy little wife called on Friend Hopper
, from time to time, and always cheered his heart by their respectable