By Hugh Miller
This memoir is of the schooldays of 1 of the main notable minds Scotland has produced, Hugh Miller. Miller rose, if no longer from absolute poverty, definitely from a modest heritage, to turn into either a expert within the box of geology and a generalist within the wider literary global, masking, as author and editor, topics as diversified as poetry, folklore, technological know-how, schooling, faith, heritage and shuttle. In his operating lifestyles he used to be 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 among the finest recognized of Victorian literary figures, renowned by means of Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens and John Ruskin. through the latter a part of the nineteenth century, his popularity prolonged the world over - his books have been broadly translated, and in the US, in line with the geologist Sir Archibald Geikie, "They have been to be present in the remotest log huts of the a ways west." In 1879, the nice 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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Whatever wind may blow, there is always shelter within the Sutors; and she was soon riding at anchor in the roadstead; but she had entered the bay alone; and when day broke, and for a brief interval the driving snow-rack cleared up towards the east, no second sail appeared in the offing. " exclaimed the master of the smack; "if he does not enter the Firth ere an hour, he will never enter it at all. Good sound vessel, and better sailor never stepped between stem and stern; but last night has, I fear, been too much for him.
He was at one time so reduced by scurvy, in a vessel half of whose crew had been carried off by the disease, that, though still able to do duty on the tops, the pressure of his finger left for several seconds a dent in his thigh, as if the muscular flesh had become of the consistency of dough. At another time, when overtaken in a small vessel by a protracted tempest, in which "for many days neither sun nor moon appeared," he continued to retain his hold of the helm for twelve hours after every other man aboard was utterly prostrated and down, and succeeded, in consequence, in weathering the storm for them all.
The prophecy was a true one: the old woman had shrewdly marked where the eyes of her cousin had been falling of late; and in about a twelvemonth after her death her young friend and pupil had become the master's wife. There was a very considerable disparity between their ages,--the master was forty-four, and his wife only eighteen,--but never was there a happier marriage. The young wife was simple, confiding, and affectionate; and the master of a soft and genial nature, with a large amount of buoyant humour about him, and so equable of temper, that, during six years of wedded life, his wife never saw him angry but once.
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