Sketches of Early Scotch History and Social Progress: Church Organization, the University, Home Life

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Edmonston and Douglas, 1861 - Home economics - 624 pages
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Page 499 - Nay, eighteen years later (in 1842), when Parliament issued a commission to inquire into the nature and results of female labour in the coal-pits of Scotland, there was a collier still living that had never been twenty miles from the Scottish capital, who could state to the Commissioners that both his father and grandfather had been slaves — that he himself had been born a slave — and that he had wrought for years in a pit in the neighbourhood of Musselburgh ere the colliers got their freedom.
Page 451 - Let him that will, ascend the tottering seat Of courtly grandeur, and become as great As are his mounting wishes : as for me, Let sweet repose and rest my portion be ; Give me some mean, obscure recess, a sphere Out of the road of business, or the fear Of falling lower ; where I sweetly may Myself and dear retirement still enjoy : Let not my life or name be known unto The grandees of the...
Page 501 - Whereas," says the preamble of the older act— that of 1775— "by the statute law of Scotland, as explained by the judges of the courts of law there, many colliers, and coal-bearers, and salters, are in a state of slavery or bondage, bound to the collieries or salt-works where they work for life, transferable with the collieries and salt-works ; and whereas the emancipating,
Page 326 - We do not know them in the fountain, but in the stream; not in the root, but in the stem; for we know not which is the mean man that did rise above the vulgar.
Page 503 - This annihilated the relic. These two statutes seem to have been neither the effect nor the cause of any public excitement. I do not see either of them even mentioned in the Scots Magazine. People cared nothing about colliers on their own account, and the taste for improving the lower orders had not then begun to dawn.
Page 424 - ... the country was soon covered with marauders, to whom everything was lawful booty, and that was preferred which could be moved off on its own legs.1 The pasture, unused by sheep or cattle, ought to have maintained a multitude of deer : but it was not so. The deer being unprotected, killed out of season,2 driven about and allowed no rest, were reduced exceedingly in number, and found only in the remotest fastnesses of the hills. No doubt the primary cause of the scarcity of deer was the state of...
Page 49 - It was a time when strong oppression on the one side made the other almost forget the laws of good faith and humanity. Our bishop did homage to the Suzerain, and transgressed it ; he swore fidelity over and over again to the King of England, and as often broke his oath. He kept no faith with Edward. He preached against him ; and when the occasion offered, he buckled on his armour, like a Scotch baron, and fought against him. But let it not be said he changed sides as fortune. changed.

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