Excerpt from Autobiography of a Pioneer, or the Nativity, Experience, Travels, and Ministerial Labors of Rev. Samuel Pickard, the "Converted Quaker" Containing Stirring Incidents and Practical Thoughts, With Sermons by the Author, and Some Account of the Labors of Elder Jacob Knapp
The place of our settlement on the Wabash was in a new country, and heavily timbered; by reason of which we had much hard work to perform in clear ing the forests before we had a comfortable habits tion; but by thrift and economy, and general good management on the part of my father, prosperity attended him, and in a few years he was in quite easy circumstances.
With him I learned all about hard work, and was well drilled in chopping, logging, lifting, and many of those kinds of labor that require the free use of muscle. This experience developed my bodily strength and powers of endurance, in a degree which I should not otherwise have enjoyed. This has proved to me a great blessing, and served me in many emergencies in after-life; and my unqualified verdict is, that all boys, whether they expect to be presidents, preachers, or farmers, ought to be taught to do manual labor.
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