Western Worthies: A Gallery of Biographical and Critical Sketches ...

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Pub. at the Star Office, 1872 - 197 pages
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Page 25 - Here's freedom to him that wad read, Here's freedom to him that wad write ! . There's nane ever feared that the truth should be heard, But they wham the truth wad indite. Here's a health to them that's awa...
Page 28 - Wilson looked like a fine Sandwich Islander who had been educated in the Highlands. His light hair, deep sea-blue eye, tall athletic figure, and hearty hand-grasp, his eagerness in debate, his violent passions, great genius, and irregular habits, rendered him a formidable partisan, a furious enemy, and an ardent friend.
Page 16 - Glamorgan more than 150 years ago; and, further, that he himself has been twice married, his first wife (to whom he was married in 1846, but who died in...
Page 23 - In tracing the lines of Sheriff Bell's biography, we are entering upon a fertile but hitherto unoccupied field. A man of rare gifts, and one of whose happiest literary productions it may safely be predicated that they will live in the literature of his country, he has now for upwards of thirty years relinquished the pursuit of belles lettres, thereby sacrificing the world-wide fame as an author to which, in the early part of his career, he seemed likely to attain. But if he has failed to achieve...
Page 114 - But making the fullest allowance for all these conditions, it is surprising that persons otherwise appearing to be within the bounds of sanity, should entertain a confirmed belief in the possibility of phenomena, which, while they are at variance with the best established physical laws, have never been brought under proof by the evidences of the senses, and are opposed to the dictates of sound judgment. It is so far satisfactory in the interests of true biological science that no man of note can...
Page 120 - To raise the lowly suppliant from the ground Befits a monarch. Lo! the peers around But wait thy word, the gentle guest to grace, And seat him fair in some distinguish'd place.
Page 13 - England a second time, and attended the meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, which was held that year in Edinburgh.
Page 26 - Whatever withdraws us from the power of the senses, whatever makes the past, the distant, or the future predominate over the present, advances us in the dignity of thinking beings.
Page 114 - ... been of a partial kind. It must be admitted, further, that extremely curious and rare, and to those who are not acquainted with nervous phenomena, apparently marvellous phenomena, present themselves in peculiar states of the nervous system — some of which states may be induced through the mind, and may be made more and more liable to recur, and are greatly exaggerated by frequent repetition.
Page 176 - Paul the Preacher ; or, a popular and practical Exposition of his Discourses and Speeches, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.

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