Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville

Author: Mary Somerville
Published: 1874
Language: English
Wordcount: 89,624 / 264 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.1
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 381
Added to site: 2009.01.09
mnybks.net#: 23087
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Biography,
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le nature, and a perfect gentleman both in appearance and character. He was sent to sea as midshipman at ten years of age, so he had very little education; but he read a great deal, chiefly history and voyages. He was very cool, and of instant resource in moments of danger.

One night, when his little vessel had taken refuge with many others from an intensely violent gale and drifting snow in Yarmouth Roads, they saw lights disappear, as vessel after vessel foundered. My father, after having done all that was possible for the safety of the ship, went to bed. His cabin door did not shut closely, from the rolling of the ship, and the man who was sentry that night told my mother years afterwards, that when he saw my father on his knees praying, he thought it would soon be all over with them; then seeing him go to bed and fall asleep, he felt no more fear. In the morning the coast was strewed with wrecks. There were no life-boats in those days; now the lives of hundreds are annually saved by the noble self-

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