The life of William Hutton. To which is subjoined, the history of his family, written by himself, and publ. by C. Hutton

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Page 354 - I do not know, nor am known by any soul livingprior to my twenty-seventh year. But although I barely live myself, I may have taught others to live. I was the first who opened a Circulating Library in Birmingham, in 1751, since which time many have started in the race.
Page 84 - Christmas holidays were attended with snow followed by a sharp frost. A thaw came on in the afternoon of the 27th, , but in the night the ground was again caught by a frost, which glazed the streets. I did not awake the next morning till daylight seemed to appear. I rose in tears, for fear of punishment, and went to my father's bedside to ask what was o'clock ?
Page 131 - I made no secret of my progress, and the bookseller rather encouraged me, and for two reasons : I bought such rubbish as nobody else would; and he had often an opportunity of selling me a cast-off tool for a shilling, not worth a penny. As I was below every degree of opposition, a rivalship was out of the question. The first book I bound was a very small one, Shakspeare's Venus and Adonis.
Page 101 - ... accomplishing. I detested the frame, as totally unsuitable to my temper; therefore I produced no more profit than necessity demanded. I made shift, however, with a little overwork and a little credit, to raise a genteel suit of clothes, fully adequate to the sphere in which I moved. The girls eyed me with some attention; nay I eyed myself as much as any of them. 1743. At Whitsuntide I went to see my father, and was favourably received by my acquaintance.
Page 154 - Five shillings a-week covered every expense ; as food, rent, washing, lodging, &c. Thus a solitary year rolled round, when a few young men of elevated character and sense took notice of me. I had saved about twenty pounds, and was become more reconciled to my situation. The first who took a fancy to me was Samuel Salte, a mercer's apprentice, who, five years after, resided in London, where he acquired 100,000. He died in 1797. Our intimacy lasted his life.
Page 259 - 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...
Page 355 - ... this year to make another visit to the same place. We began our journey with a design of being absent six weeks, as before, which was effected. Some circumstances of this second visit will be found in the Trip to Coatham, now in the press. , While travelling between Derby and Burton, I remarked to my daughter, " That we were at " that moment passing over the identical spot " of ground, on the same month of the year, " the same day of the month, the same day of " the week, and hour of the morning,...
Page 146 - ... three pounds weight to thirty, opened shop at ten, starved in it all day upon bread, cheese, and half a pint of ale, took from one to six shillings, shut up at four, and by trudging through the solitary night and the deep roads five hours more, I arrived at Nottingham by nine ; where I always found a mess of milk porridge by the fire, prepared by my valuable sister.
Page 255 - Saturday the l6th was ushered in with fresh calamities to myself. The triumphant mob, at four in the morning, attacked my premises at Bennett's Hill, and threw out the furniture I had tried to save. It was consumed in three fires, the marks of which remain, and the house expired in one vast blaze. The women were as alert as the men. One female, who had stolen some of the property, carried it home while the house was in flames ; but returning, saw the coach-house and stables...
Page 111 - I was surprised at the place, but more so at the people. They possessed a vivacity I had never beheld. I had been among dreamers, but now I saw men awake.

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