LIFE OF DAVID PERRY.
n August this year, (1762) I was twenty-one years old. Before I went on the last tour in the Spring, I agreed with my master, and got up my indentures. As he had all my wages for the former campaigns, I thought I would have them this year myself; but by reason of sickness, &c. I spent or lost them, and all my clothes, except those I had on at the hospital.
In April, 1763, I left my native home, and went into the town of Killingly,
Connecticut, and agreed to work for a man six months, at my trade. On
the 12th of January, 1764, I was married; at which time I was not worth
ten dollars, besides my clothes. I followed shoe-making, made a
comfortable living by it, and soon was able to buy a few acres of land,
upon which I erected tan-works -- had a pretty good run of custom, and
the inhabitants assisted all they could. Thus for a time matters went on
prosperously, and in three or four years I gained considerable property.
But there was another tanner in Killingly, named Watson, who used to
have all the custom before I set up business there, and had become
pretty rich. Finding his custom decrease as mine gained, he came
and proposed to take me into partnership with him, so that we could
carry on the business on a large scale. I closed with him, and in three
years he managed to get all I had earned, and left me two hundred
dollars in debt.