||After nine months'
progress . . . coming into our house, I found only my poor wife
and a young child of three weeks old in a cradle. She, being
surprised, could hardly speak to me, for she knew
not before whether I was dead or alive. . . . [M]y wife soon
turned the Holland [fabric] into money. . . . As I remember
it sold for nine pounds, which was then our stock; for my wife,
having good friends, with her own industry kept me out of debt.
. . . [I] came home only my clothes to my back to my poor wife,
but poor and penniless yet glad to see each other in health
again after these troubles. . . . At this time my wife did begin
to keep shop, there being a necessity for something to be done
for a livelihood. Merchant
marine Edward Coxere, from his journals, circa 1865