Excerpt from Helps to Thinking You see that I am on 'a side track or have varied a, little from the subject, but my whole heart's desire is to do all the good I can to the laboring people and especially the poor and destitute. Ones. But w back to my own footsteps. I was a hireling until my 13th year, then my mother saw proper to marry again which was con trary to my feelings, as I did t want to come under a step-father, though he was a sober, civil and industrious man, and I wearied along for about two years then I left my step-father, rather, through by mother's consent, for I loved and feared my mother; but she, seeing that it would be rather unpleasant for me and my step-fath er both, as I was a kind of stubborn boy, consented that I might go and hire out for my living, which I did at the age of fifteen years, without any education or property. I wearied along about two years and gathered a little, but very little. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.