Sketches of old times and distant places by John SinclairSketches of old times and distant places by John Sinclair

Sketches of old times and distant places

byJohn Sinclair

Paperback | February 4, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875. Excerpt: ... LOED CHANCELLOR EESKINE. TT'EW companions ever were so agreeable in general society, and no pleader ever was so powerful in oratory, as Thomas Erskine. For this high estimate of his forensic powers I may adduce two thoroughly competent authorities, who, though not always in harmony with one another, are on this point of one mind. I refer to Lord Brougham and Lord Campbell. I had few opportunities of seeing Lord Erskine until shortly before his death in 1823. In that year he had an illness, for the cure of which his medical advisers recommended rest. The patient inquired whether it would make any difference if he took the prescribed rest at sea instead of on shore. Being allowed a free choice in the matter, he resolved to carry out an intention which he had long formed of revisiting his native country. With that view he took a berth on board the London and Leith steam packet Soho, or as he preferred to call it " So so," on account of its foul air and worn out machinery. In this voyage, the last he ever made, I was one of his fellow-passengers. As we were steaming down the Thames, he said, "Now most of you will be miserably sick when we get into the open sea, but I am safe. I have a patent against sickness. I am a lieutenant in the navy." Strange as it may appear this was a fact. For as a youth he had served for some time both in the navy and army, and was lieutenant in both services before reading for the bar. We shall soon see, however, to what extent his patent against sickness availed him in an emergency. Our voyage was at first as prosperous as we could desire. We had a fair wind and a clear sky, and on the second day a numerous party mustered at breakfast off the coast of Essex. I happened to be at the end of the table furthest from the ex-Chancellor,...
Title:Sketches of old times and distant placesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021755170X

ISBN - 13:9780217551700