Lives of the Engineers, with an Account of Their Principal Works: Comprising Also a History of Inland Communication in Britain, Volume 2

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Page 117 - Parliament, statutes and ordains that there be a school settled and established and a schoolmaster appointed in every parish not already provided by advice of the heritors and minister of the parish...
Page 117 - Of necessity therefore we judge it, that every several Church have a Schoolmaster appointed, such a one as is able, at least, to teach Grammar and the Latin tongue, if the Town be of any reputation.
Page 39 - There were still many who persisted in asserting that no building erected of stone could possibly stand upon the Eddystone ; and again and again the engineer, in the dim grey of the morning, would come out and peer through his telescope at his deep-sea lamp-post. Sometimes he had to wait long, until he could see a tall white pillar of spray shoot up into the air. Thank God ! it was still safe. Then, as the light grew, he could discern his building, temporary house and all, standing firm amidst the...
Page 131 - Pennant's remark that he remembered it " a deep hollow road, and full of sloughs, with here and there a ragged house, the lurking-place of cut-throats ; insomuch," he adds, " that I never was taken that way by night in my hackney-coach to a worthy uncle's, who gave me lodgings in his house in George Street, but I went in dread the whole way.
Page 183 - London. 4to. 1836. /^ANOVA, when he was asked, during his visit to England, ^-^ what struck him most forcibly? is said to have replied — that the trumpery Chinese bridge, then in St. James's Park, should be the production of the government, whilst that of Waterloo was the •work of a private company.
Page 375 - Findhorn being in a flood, they were obliged to go up its banks for about twenty-eight miles to the bridge of Dulsie before they could cross. I myself rode circuits when I was Advocate-Depute between 1807 and 1810. The fashion of every Depute carrying his own shell on his back, in the form of his own carriage, is a piece of very modern antiquity.
Page 128 - There be many smiths in the town that use to make knives and all manner of cutting tools and many lorimers that make bits, and a great many nailers. So that a great part of the town is maintained by smiths. The smiths there have iron out of Staffordshire and Warwickshire and sea coal out of Staffordshire.
Page 84 - In consequence of the foregoing, I conclude myself nine-tenths dead ; and the greatest favour the Almighty can do me, as I think, will be to complete the other part; but as it is likely to be a lingering illness, it is only in his power to say when that is likely to happen.
Page 302 - Having acquired," he says in his Autobiography, " the rudiments of my profession, I considered that my native country afforded few opportunities of exercising it to any extent, and therefore judged it advisable (like many of my countrymen) to proceed southward, where industry might find more employment and be better remunerated.
Page 421 - Smethwick crowds of boatmen were always quarrelling, or offering premiums for a preference of passage ; and the mine-owners, injured by the delay, were loud in their just complaints.

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