By Hugh Miller
This memoir is of the schooldays of 1 of the main awesome minds Scotland has produced, Hugh Miller. Miller rose, if now not from absolute poverty, definitely from a modest history, to develop into either a consultant within the box of geology and a generalist within the wider literary international, protecting, as author and editor, topics as different as poetry, folklore, technology, schooling, faith, heritage and go back and forth. In his operating lifestyles he was once a stonemason, banking accountant, journalist, editor, lecturer and defender of Christianity opposed to the evolutionists. by the point of his tragic suicide in 1856, Miller's prodigious output had made him the most effective recognized of Victorian literary figures, well-liked by means of Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens and John Ruskin. via the latter a part of the nineteenth century, his popularity prolonged internationally - his books have been greatly translated, and in the USA, in response to the geologist Sir Archibald Geikie, "They have been to be present in the remotest log huts of the a long way west." In 1879, the good environmentalist John Muir named one of many glaciers of Glacier Bay, Alaska, after the Cromarty stonemason.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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O'er the vexed waves with meteor speed she flies. Till Moray's distant hills o'er the blue waves arise. Who guides that vessel's wanderings o'er the wave; A patient, hardy man, of thoughtful brow; Serene and warm of heart, and wisely brave, And sagely skill'd, when gurly breezes blow, To press through angry waves the adventurous prow. Age hath not quell'd his strength, nor quench'd desire Of generous deed, nor chill'd his bosom's glow; Yet to a better world his hopes aspire. Ah! this must sure be thee!
They both bore a marked individuality of character, and were much the reverse of commonplace or vulgar men. My elder uncle, James, added to a clear head and much native sagacity, a singularly retentive memory, and CHAPTER II. 43 great thirst of information. He was a harness-maker, and wrought for the farmers of an extensive district of country; and as he never engaged either journeyman or apprentice, but executed all his work with his own hands, his hours of labour, save that he indulged in a brief pause as the twilight came on, and took a mile's walk or so, were usually protracted from six o'clock in the morning till ten at night.
The master, though unwilling to cumber us with a passenger in such weather, was induced, out of pity for the poor destitute creature, to take her aboard. And she was now with her child, all alone, below in the cabin I was stationed a-head on the out-look beside the foresail horse: the night had grown pitch dark; and the lamp in the binnacle threw just light enough through the grey of the shower to show me the master at the helm. He looked more anxious, I thought, than I had almost ever seen him before, though I have been with him, mistress, in bad weather; and all at once I saw he had got company, and strange company too, for such a night: there was a woman moving round him, with a child in her arms.
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