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Morrison and Gibb, Printers, Edinburgh.
 

Hugh Miller
from a Calotype by
D. O. Hill and Robert Adamson, ca. 1843.

 

PREFACE.
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THE present volume is issued in compliance with the strong solicitations of many, to whose desire deference was due.  In selecting the articles, I have been guided mainly by two considerations,—namely, the necessity for reproducing the mature opinion of a great mind, upon great subjects; and for making the selection so varied, as to convey to the reader some idea of the wonderful versatility of the powers which could treat subjects so diverse in their nature with such uniform eloquence and discrimination.  I trust that the chapters on Education will prove to be a valuable contribution to the speedy settlement of that question at the present crisis.  Those on Sutherlandshire are inserted because they possess a permanent value, in connection with the social and economical history of our country.  Some of the articles are of a personal character, and are introduced, not, certainly, for the purpose of recalling old animosities, but solely to illustrate the author's method of using some of the more formidable figures of speech; while over against these may be set some on purely literary subjects, which show the genial tenderness of his disposition towards those who aspired to serve God and their generation by giving to the world the fruit of their imagination, their labour, and their leisure.

    I have not determined the selection without securing the counsel and approval of men on whose judgment I could rely.  It only remains for me to thank them, and in an especial way to thank Mr. D. O. Hill for the portrait which forms the frontispiece.  An impersonal reference to a similar portrait taken at the same time will be found at page 184, in the article on 'The Calotype.'


JOHN DAVIDSON.

London, March 8, 1870.

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CONTENTS
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THOUGHTS ON THE EDUCATIONAL QUESTION:—

 

INTRODUCTORY NOTE

1.

CHAPTER FIRST

14.

CHAPTER SECOND

28.

CHAPTER THIRD

39.

CHAPTER FOURTH

50.

CHAPTER FIFTH

62.

CHAPTER SIXTH

75.

CHAPTER SEVENTH

88.

LORD BROUGHAM

105.

THE SCOTT MONUMENT

111.

THE LATE MR. KEMP

119.

ANNIE M'DONALD AND THE FIFESHIRE FORESTER

123.

A HIGHLAND CLEARING

136.

THE POET MONTGOMERY

146.

CRITICISM—INTERNAL EVIDENCE

151.

THE SANCTITIES OF MATTER

161.

THE LATE REV. ALEXANDER STEWART

170.

THE CALOTYPE

179.

THE TENANT'S TRUE QUARREL

190.

CONCLUSION OF THE WAR IN AFFGHANISTAN

199.

PERIODICALISM

206.

'ANNUS MIRABILIS'

215.

EFFECTS OF RELIGIOUS DISUNION ON COLONIZATION

223.

FINE-BODYISM

232.

ORGANSHIP

240.

BAILLIE'S LETTERS AND JOURNALS

249.

FIRST PRINCIPLES

262.

AN UNSPOKEN SPEECH

269.

DISRUPTION PRINCIPLES

280.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CRIMEAN WAR

293.

THE POETS OF THE CHURCH

302.

THE ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA

315.

A VISION OF THE RAILROAD

327.

THE TWO MR. CLARKS

337.

PULPIT DUTIES NOT SECONDARY

358.

DUGALD STEWART

369.

OUR TOWN COUNCILS

378.

SUTHERLAND AS IT WAS AND IS; OR, HOW A
           COUNTRY MAY BE RUINED:—

 

CHAPTER I.

388.

CHAPTER II.

395.

CHAPTER III.

405.

CHAPTER IV.

415.

CHAPTER V.

424.

CHAPTER VI.

436.

CHAPTER VII.

445.

 


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