Excerpt from Poems: Religious, Moral and Satirical
After this war, my parents, by their industry, repaired their wasted fortune; and obtained the second time, a sufficient living. But alas! The day of prosperity soon passed away, and was succeeded by the storms of adversity, affliction and distress. The property they had accumulated, by a change of times, with a course of intern perm ance, on my father's part, was spent, scattered and entirely wasted! By this time, they had nine living children, seven sons and two daughters, the most of whom' were grown men and women, but myself, being the youngest child.
The first seven years of my life, I had the guardian care of a dear father and the affectionate attention of a fond mother, in which home I was taught to read, write and cypher. In' the year 1798, hard necessity compelled that I should be separated from my parents, and from my once peaceful home! 'my abode was now appointed Ede in a strange, inhospitable and cruel family!
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