An Autobiography. My Schools and Schoolmasters; Or, the by Hugh Miller

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 develop into either a expert within the box of geology and a generalist within the wider literary global, protecting, as author and editor, matters as various as poetry, folklore, technological know-how, schooling, faith, historical past and trip. 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 the most effective identified of Victorian literary figures, prominent via Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens and John Ruskin. by way of the latter a part of the nineteenth century, his recognition prolonged the world over - his books have been commonly translated, and in the United States, 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 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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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. Her infant, too,--she was sure, if she tried to force her way through the hills, it would perish in the snow.

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.

There were no forebodings in the master's dwelling; for his Peterhead letter--a brief but hopeful missive--had been just received; and my mother was sitting, on the evening after, beside the household fire, plying the cheerful needle, when the house door, which had been left unfastened, fell open, and I was despatched from her side to shut it. What follows must be regarded as simply the recollection, though a very vivid one, of a boy who had completed his fifth year only a mouth before. Day had not wholly disappeared, but it was fast posting on to night, and a grey haze spread a neutral tint of dimness over every more distant object, but left the nearer ones comparatively distinct, when I saw at the open door, within less than a yard of my breast, as plainly as ever I saw anything, a dissevered hand and arm stretched towards me.

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