He worked as a farm-hand until he was 15, when he became an errand boy in a grocery conducted by his brother, Henry R.
First he was an errand boy in a lawyer's office; then he was employed in a printing office; next he became a country school teacher; he founded (1836) and till 1839 edited the Long Islander at Huntingdon, and later edited a daily paper in Brooklyn (the Eagle, 1846-1847) then he was found in New Orleans, on the editorial staff of ths.
The term "printer's devil" for the errand boy in a printing office probably combines this idea with that of his being black with ink.
Educated at a local elementary school, he left at fourteen be become an errand boy.
My errand boy is sick to- day, and there is no one else to send.
A ray of hope shines through when a local errand boy begins to teach her to read.
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