CHAPTER VII. NORRISTOWN.
In the latter part of the year 1843 business, to some extent, revived, and in the autumn of '44, much to my deUght, a party commenced to build a miU, in Coatesville, for roUing bar iron. This was a branch of the business that I was most desirous to enter into, but unfortunately the condition of the iron business of the country did not war¬ rant the proprietors in pushing the work to completion. This was to me a grave disappointment, but I did not despair, and at once I made up my mind to try to get work of any kind in some one of the distant works.
At that time the Iron Works, at Phoenixville, Pennsyl¬ vania, were considered the largest and best in the country, and I concluded to see if I could get employment there. I arrived there on a Saturday at about noon and found the miU standing idle. Upon inquiry as to where I would be most Ukely to see the Superintendent, I was told some¬ where about the miU. I looked him up and told him I was looking for employment. I received, at once, an unfavorable reply. The Superintendent said business was very dull and that they had more men than they knew what to do with. Thus ended my first interview.
Knowing there was quite a large iron works at Trenton,
I concluded to go there. I had heard that a new mill was
being built at Norristown, and so I thought it prudent to
stop off, as it was on the road to Trenton, and I might
possibly be successful in securing employment. I landed
in Norristovm on the same afternoon at about three o'clock