By Hugh Miller
This memoir is of the schooldays of 1 of the main notable minds Scotland has produced, Hugh Miller. Miller rose, if now not from absolute poverty, definitely from a modest historical past, to develop into either a consultant within the box of geology and a generalist within the wider literary global, masking, as author and editor, matters as different as poetry, folklore, technology, schooling, faith, background and go back and forth. In his operating existence 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, prominent by means of Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens and John Ruskin. through the latter a part of the nineteenth century, his acceptance prolonged internationally - his books have been greatly translated, and in the USA, 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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We made all tight, however; and though the snow-drift was so blinding in the thick of the shower that I could scarce see my hand before me, and though it soon began to blow great guns, we had given the land a good offing, and the hurricane blew the right way. Just as we were loosening from the quay, a poor young woman, much knocked up, with a child in her arms, had come to the vessel's side, and begged hard of master to take her aboard. She was a soldier's wife, and was travelling to join her husband at Fort-George; but she was already worn out and penniless, she said; and now, as a snow-storm threatened to block up the roads, she could neither stay where she was, nor pursue her journey.
His sloop was last seen by a brother townsman and shipmaster, who, ere the storm came on, had been fortunate enough to secure an asylum for his barque in an English harbour on an exposed portion of the coast. Vessel after vessel had been coming ashore during the day; and the beach was strewed with wrecks and dead bodies; but he had marked his townsman's sloop in the offing from mid-day till near evening, exhausting every nautical shift and expedient to keep aloof from the shore; and at length, as the night was falling, the skill and perseverance exerted seemed successful; for, clearing a formidable headland that had lain on the lee for hours, and was mottled with broken ships and drowned men, the sloop was seen stretching out in a long tack into the open sea.
Those intolerable nuisances the useful-knowledge books had not yet arisen, like tenebrious stars, on the educational horizon, to darken the world, and shed their blighting influence on the opening intellect of the "youth-hood;" and so, from my rudimental books--books that made themselves truly such by their thorough assimilation with the rudimental mind--I passed on, without being conscious of break or line of division, to books on which the learned are content to write commentaries and dissertations, but which I found to be quite as nice children's books as any of the others.
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