The Life of William Hutton: Including a Particular Account of the Riots at Birmingham in 1791; to which is Subjoined, the History of His Family

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Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, 1816 - Dissenters, Religious - 400 pages

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Page 62 - ... worn-down press for two shillings, which no man could use, and which was laid by for the fire. I considered the nature of its construction, bought it, and paid the two shillings. I then asked him to favour me with a hammer and a pin, which he brought with half a conquering smile, and half a sneer. I drove out the garter-pin, which, being galled, prevented the press from working, and turned another square, which perfectly cured the press. He said in anger, " If I had known, you should not have...
Page 326 - My father was nearly five feet six inches in height, well made, strong, and active ; a little inclined to corpulence, which did not diminish till within four or five months of his death. From this period he became gradually thin. His countenance was expressive of sense, resolution, and calmness, though, when irritated or animated, he had a very keen eye. Such was the happy disposition of his mind, and such the firm texture of his body, that ninety-two years had scarcely the power to alter his features...
Page 277 - I was the first who opened a Circulating Library in Birmingham, in 1751, since which time many have started in the race. I was the first who opened a regular Paper Warehouse in 1756 : there are now a great number.
Page 12 - I had now," says he, (and the reader will remember what a mere child he still was,) " to rise at five every morning during seven years; submit to the cane whenever convenient to the master ; be the constant companion of the most rude and vulgar of the human race, never taught by nature, nor ever wishing to be taught.
Page 84 - The rude family into which I was cast added to the load of melancholy. My brother came to see me about six weeks after my arrival, to whom I observed, that the trade had fully supported me. Five shillings a week covered every ex pence ; as food, rent, washing, lodging, &c.
Page 126 - The woman thanked me, dropped a curtesy, and went away. A few months after, she came again, bringing a couple of fine fowls. She told me, with great satisfaction, that I had cured her husband; and she begged my acceptance of the fowls in return. I was pleased with the success of my prescription, but refused the fee.
Page 189 - Important Information to the Friends of Church and King. FRIENDS AND FELLOW-CHURCHMEN, BEING convinced you are unacquainted, that the great losses which are sustained by your burning and destroying of the houses of so many individuals, will eventually fall upon the county at large, and not upon the persons to whom they belonged, we feel it our duty to inform you, that the damages already done, upon the best computation that can be made, will amount to upwards of One Hundred Thousand Pounds ; the...
Page 32 - Was it in your power to have done it?" Still silent. He repeated again : " Could you have done it ?" As I ever detested lying, I could not think of covering myself, even from a rising storm, by so mean a subterfuge. I therefore answered in a low meek voice : " / could." This fatal word, innocent in itself, and founded upon truth, proved my destruction. " Then," says he,
Page 24 - Christmas arrived when I must quit that place, for which I had a sovereign contempt: which many hundreds had quitted during my stay, but not one with regret : a place most curious and pleasing to the eye, but which gave me a seven years
Page 56 - I had neither timber to work upon, tools to work with, nor money to purchase either. It is said, "Necessity is the mother of invention." I pulled a large trunk to pieces, one of the relics of my family, but formerly the property of Thomas Parker, the first earl of Macclesfield. And as to tools, I considered that the hammer-key and the plyers, belonging to the stocking-frame, would supply the place of hammer and pincers. My pocket-knife was all the edge-tools I could raise ; and a fork, with one limb,...

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