This is described from the life, as I was in the habit of observing when a boy at Hawkshead School. Daniel was more than eighty years older than myself when he was daily, thus occupied, under my notice. No book could have so early taught me to think of the changes to which human life is subject; and while looking at him I could not but say to myself--we may, one of us, I or the happiest of my playmates, live to become still more the object of pity than this old man, this half-doating pilferer!