By Hugh Miller
This memoir is of the schooldays of 1 of the main remarkable 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 consultant within the box of geology and a generalist within the wider literary international, protecting, as author and editor, topics as assorted as poetry, folklore, technological know-how, schooling, faith, background and commute. 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 top-of-the-line identified of Victorian literary figures, well-known by means of Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens and John Ruskin. by means of the latter a part of the nineteenth century, his recognition prolonged internationally - his books have been largely translated, and in the US, in response to the geologist Sir Archibald Geikie, "They have been to be present in the remotest log huts of the a ways 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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34 then approached the door, where there was a second pause; and then there succeeded a faltering knock, that struck on the very hearts of the inmates within. " Jack, a tall, powerful seaman, but apparently in a state of utter exhaustion, staggered, rather than walked in, and flung himself into a chair. " ejaculated the widow. " I have often heard Jack's story related in Jack's own words, at a period of life when repetition never tires; but I am not sure that I can do it the necessary justice now.
The other vessels kept the open Firth; but the master, thoroughly acquainted with its navigation, and in the belief that the change of wind was but temporary, went on hugging the land on the weather side, till, as he had anticipated, the breeze set full into the old quarter, and increased into a gale. And then, when all the rest of the fleet had no other choice left them than just to scud back again, he struck out into the Firth in a long tack, and, doubling Kinnaird's Head and the dreaded Buchan Ness, succeeded in making good his voyage south.
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.