asking the favor knew he had received a denial through his own impossible proposal.
Historical Society owns a daguerreotype of him, showing him in old age with a strong, rugged face.
He commonly wore a checked handkerchief around his neck over his stock.
He was somewhat awkward in his movements.
The impression I have received regarding him, as I have talked with those who knew him, is that he was peculiar, decidedly so. Some seem to retain a vivid impression of his remarkable under lip, which was a potent factor in his facial expression.
Read what Mr. Usher
says about him and you will find him ‘genial and obliging’; hear what others tell you and you will decide he was disagreeable and even rude.
Hard out-door work often tended to make people of the past less refined and gentle than those of today.
His conversation was rugged like himself, not always printable, nor fit for ears polite, so the stories that follow are not exact quotations.
Many are told which show his ready wit. An interesting account of a runaway slave is told at length in Brooks
' ‘History of Medford
,’ which is a pleasing piece of local history, in which the old stage-driver, at that time a young man, bore himself with dignity and discretion.
As much baggage as was possible was brought out with the passengers on the stage, and to a shrewd woman who wanted a barrel of flour taken out so it would be no expense to her he suavely replied, when she made known her desire, ‘I am sorry, madam, that I cannot accommodate you, but I have just been applied to for baggage room for a saw-mill.’
A request to carry out a stove received a similar reply; at another time he refused to transport something because he had ‘a hogshead of molasses to take out for Lawrence
When he was really
asked to carry out so cumbersome an article as a barrel of molasses he said, ‘I shall be very glad to take it out if you will trust it to the only place I have for it; if so, I will tie it to a wheel.’