First Impressions Of England And Its People

First Impressions Of England And Its People

by Hugh Miller


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Hugh Miller (1802-1856) was a self-taught Scottish geologist and writer, folklorist and an evangelical Christian. At 17 he was apprenticed to a stonemason, and his work in quarries, together with walks along the local shoreline, led him to the study of geology. In 1829, he published a volume of poems, and soon afterwards became involved in political and religious controversies. In 1834, he became accountant in one of the local banks, and in the next year brought out his Scenes and Legends of the North of Scotland. In 1840, the popular party in the Church, with which he had been associated, started a newspaper, The Witness, and Miller was called to be editor in Edinburgh. Amongst his other works are First Impressions of England and its People (1847), My Schools and Schoolmasters; or, The Story of My Education (1854), The Cruise of the Betsey (1857), Tales and Sketches (1863) and Leading Articles on Various Subjects (1870).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409966180
Publisher: Dodo Press
Publication date: 02/13/2009
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

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CHAPTER III. ftuit York for Man. lester. — A Character. — Quaker Laay. — Peculiar Feature in the Husbandry of the Cloth District. — Leeds. — Simplicity manifested in the Geologic Framework of English Scenery. — The Denuding Agencies almost invariably the sole Architects of the Landscape. — Manchester ; characteristic Peculiarities ; the Irwell; Collegiate Church; light and elegant Proportions of the Building; its grotesque Sculptures; these indicative of the Scepticism of the Age in which they were produced. — St. Bartholomew's Day. — Sermon on Saints' Day. — Timothy's Grandmother. — The Puseyite a High Churchman become earnest. — Passengers of a Sunday Evening Train. — Sabbath Amusements not very conducive to Happiness. — The Economic Value of the Sabbath ill understood by the Utilitarian. — Testimony of History on the point. On the following morning I quitted York for Manchester, taking Leeds in my way. I had seen two of the ecclesiastical cities of Old England, and I was now desirous to visit two of the great trading towns of the modern country, so famous for supplying with its manufactures half the economic wants of the world. At the first stage from York, we were joined by a young- lady passenger, of forty or thereabouts, evidently a character. She was very gaudily dressed, and very tightly laced, and had a bloom of red in her cheeks that seemed to have been just a little assisted by art, and a bloom of red in her nose that seemed not to have been assisted by art at all. Alarmingly frank and portentously talkative, she at once threw herself for protection and guidance on " the gentlemen." Shs had to getdown at one of the intermediate stages, she said; but were she to be so un'uc ky as to pass it, she would not know what to do, — shewou d be at ner wit's end; b...

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