The Book of the Chronicles of Keith, Grange, Ruthven, Cairney, and Botriphnie: Events, Places, and Persons

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Page 343 - I was sent for by other ladies in the country, and began to think myself growing very rich by the money I got for such drawings ; out of which I had the pleasure of occasionally supplying the wants of my poor father.
Page 142 - Arms, the pale of his safety, the balm of his health, the balsam of his life ; her Industry, his surest wealth ; her Economy, his safest steward : her Lips, his faithful counsellors ; her Bosom, the softest pillow of his cares; and her Prayers, the ablest advocate of Heaven's blessing on his head.
Page 227 - I am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation...
Page 342 - ... to unwind itself; and if you fix the other end of it to the inside of a small hoop, and leave it to itself, it will turn the hoop round and round, and wind up a thread tied to the outside of the hoop.
Page 349 - ... lectures on the eclipse of the sun that fell on the 14th of July in that year. Afterwards I began to read astronomical lectures on an orrery which I made, and of which the figures of all the wheelwork are contained in the 6th and 7th plates of
Page 347 - ... motions of the earth and moon in it, and would gladly have seen the wheelwork, which was concealed in a brass box, and the box and planets above it were surrounded by an armillary sphere. But he told me that he never had opened it ; and I could easily perceive that it could not be opened but by the hand of some ingenious clockmaker, and not without a great deal of time and trouble. After a good deal of thinking and calculation, I found that I could contrive the wheelwork for turning the planets...
Page 344 - Baird's, to Mr John Alexander, a painter in Edinburgh, who allowed me to pass an hour every day at his house, for a month, to copy from his drawings, and said he would teach me to paint in oil-colours if I would serve him seven years, and my friends would maintain me all that time ; but this was too much for me to desire them to do, nor did I choose to serve so long.
Page 452 - My bellows, too, have lost their wind; . My fire's extinct, my forge decayed, And in the dust my vice is laid. My coal is spent, my iron's gone, My nails are drove, my work is done ; My fire-dried corpse lies here at rest, And, smoke-like, soars up to be bless'd.
Page 343 - Two large globular stones stood on the top of his gate ; on one of them I painted with oil colours a map of the terrestrial globe, and on the other a map of the celestial...
Page 342 - I could not make the wheel go, when the balance was put on ; because the teeth of the wheels were rather too weak, to bear the force of a spring sufficient to move the balance ; although the wheels would run fast enough, when the balance was taken off. I enclosed the whole in a wooden case, very little bigger than a breakfast tea-cup...

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