The Life of Hugh Miller A Sketch
for Working Men (1862)
The following Sketch of the Life and Character of
Hugh Miller, originally formed a series of articles which appeared in
the Northern Daily Express, tinder the heading, "Sketches ofWorking Men." These articles excited considerable interest at the
time of their appearance, and the Compiler of these pages thought it
desirable to give them a form in which they would obtain a wider
circulation and exert a more permanent influence than could be expected
from isolated articles, running through a long series of the numbers of
a local newspaper. He therefore applied to the Proprietor of the
Northern Daily Express for permission to reprint the Sketch in its
To this application Mr. J. H. Rutherford, Manager of
the Express, courteously replied, and stated, that there was no
objection to the compilation of the articles referred to, and the
applicant was at perfect liberty to quote his authority.
It only remains for the Compiler to express his
earnest wish, that the reading of his little book may be as useful to
all into whose hands it may fall, as its compilation has been to him.
Hugh Miller's ParentageThe Story of the Little Doggies-His Father goes
to Sea Character of his FatherThe MutinyService in the Royal NavyHis
Father's First Marriage and Early Bereavement The Ship-wreck.
The New ShipThe Second MarriageBirth of Hugh MillerAn
ApparitionAnother Skip-wreck and the Father DrownedA Second
Supernatural AppearanceHugh Miller's Widowed MotherHis First
Hugh Miller's Maternal UnclesMode of spending Sabbath EveningsThe
Grammar SchoolAttempts to Learn LatinThe Story-teller.
Hugh Miller Obtains Access to a Good LibraryCommences his Geological
StudiesStudies the Art of WarHis Naval PursuitsThe Gunpowder Plot.
Reasons for Giving the Foregoing Details Autumn Journies to the
HighlandsRemoval to a New SchoolInsubordinationConscientiousness in
the Choice of a CallingHe is Bound Apprentice to a MasonEnters the
Quarry where he Re-commences the Study of GeologyCharacter of his
MasterResolves to Guard against Intemperance.
Hugh Miller's Lessons in the QuarryFriendship with William RossLoyalty
to his Master in Seasons of AdversityA Night SceneMad Bell.
Termination of Hugh Miller's Apprenticeship-Visits EdinburghReturns to
Cromarty out of HealthGoes to Inverness in Quest of WorkAmusing
Interview with a Scotch MinisterPublishes his First VolumeDeath of
Dawn of Hugh Miller's Literary Fame Writes his AutobiographyCasual
Interview with his Future WifeAppointed Accountant in a Commercial
BankHis MarriageContinues his Literary LaboursEnters the Arena of
Church ControversyLetter to Lord BroughamAppointed Editor of the
WitnessHis Independence and Success.
Motives for Entering the Arena of Strife Donald Roy of NiggA
Spirit of the WitnessGeological Papers His LecturerEffect of severe
mental Labour Moody ApprehensionsLast Contribution to the
WitnessFrightful SymptomsThe Closing Scene.
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