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Sir John Barrow (1764-1848) used to be a wonderful British executive servant whose diplomatic profession took him to China and Africa, and who in 40 years as Secretary to the Admiralty used to be accountable for selling Arctic and Antarctic exploration, together with the voyages of Sir John Ross, Sir William Parry, Sir James Clark Ross and Sir John Franklin (the final of which famously resulted in disaster). Barrow's autobiography, written whilst he used to be eighty-three, depicts a existence striking for its variety of expertise and task, from a small farm within the Furness peninsula to the court docket of the Emperor of China, and from an it appears settled existence as a civil servant at Cape city to the centre of affairs at a time while the British Navy's achieve and effect reached their maximum element. This interesting account might be of curiosity to an individual drawn to exploration and the historical past of the British military.

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Scanty as was his income, yet such was his frugality and good management that he is said to have left behind him at his decease not less than 2000Z. in money, and a large store of webs of woollen and linen cloth, SECT. ] GIBSON, THE WISE MAN. 37 woven from thread of the family's own spinning. His eldest son, Zaccheus, was learning the trade of a tanner, but by his abilities and good conduct he had made himself friends, who procured him a situation in the Soho manufactory of Bolton and Watt, where he succeeded to a share in one of the departments of that magnificent establishment, and where in the year 1805, on paying a visit to my friend the present Mr.

I WAS now released from all engagements, and had to consider very seriously what line of life I should be able to undertake, and as would most likely procure for me the means of an independent subsistence. I could no longer bear the idea of being burdensome to my parents ; besides, a life spent in idleness and inactivity would be, to me, a life of misery. While pondering over various plans of pro- SECT. ] VOYAGE TO GREENLAND. 17 ceeding, there happened at this time to arrive from the West Indies a gentleman of the name of Potts, a relation of Mrs.

Ness of friends, and a cheap country to live in, we have always had the necessaries of life. " R . W . , Curate of S , " To Mr. " 1756. About this time the Bishop of Chester was thinking of joining the curacy of Ulpha to the contiguous one of Seathwaite, and offered the nomination to Mr. " In order to provide for his numerous family, his habits of industry have certainly no parallel. For eight hours each day, for five days in the week, and on the Saturday morning, Mr. Walker was to be found in his school, which he held within the chapel.

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