By Hugh Miller
This memoir is of the schooldays of 1 of the main striking minds Scotland has produced, Hugh Miller. Miller rose, if no longer from absolute poverty, definitely from a modest historical past, to turn into either a expert within the box of geology and a generalist within the wider literary international, overlaying, as author and editor, topics as different as poetry, folklore, technology, schooling, faith, background and go back and forth. 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 one of the best recognized of Victorian literary figures, well-liked by way of Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens and John Ruskin. via the latter a part of the nineteenth century, his popularity prolonged the world over - his books have been generally translated, and in the US, in keeping 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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Merle d'Aubigné record the event; but neither of these accomplished historians seems to have been aware of the peculiar emphasis which a scene that would have been striking in any circumstances derived from the character of the protester--old Donald Roy. The Presbytery, appalled, stopt short in the middle of its work; nor was it resumed till an after day, when, at the command of the Moderate majority of the Church--a command not unaccompanied by significant reference to-the fate of Gillespie--the forced settlement was consummated.
And so thickly during that time did the sharks congregate around them, that though a keg of rum, part of the boat's stores, floated for the first two days within a few yards of them, and they had neither meat nor drink, none of them, though they all swam well, dared attempt regaining it. They were at length relieved by a Spanish vessel, and treated with such kindness, that the subject of my narrative used ever after to speak well of the Spaniards, as a generous people, destined ultimately to rise.
A ship of war, under the guidance of an unskilful pilot, had run aground on a shallow flat on the opposite side of the Firth, known as the Inches; and as the flood of a stream tide was at its height at the time, and straightway began to fall off, it was found, after lightening her of her guns and the greater part of her stores, that she still stuck fast. My father, whose sloop had been pressed into the service, and was loaded to the gunwale with the ordnance, had betrayed an unexpected knowledge of the points of a large war-vessel; and the commander, entering into conversation with him, was so impressed by his skill, that he placed his ship under his charge, and had his confidence repaid by seeing her hauled off into deep water in a single tide.
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