By John Barrow
Sir John Barrow (1764-1848) was once a amazing British govt servant whose diplomatic profession took him to China and Africa, and who in 40 years as Secretary to the Admiralty was once chargeable 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 led to disaster). Barrow's autobiography, written whilst he was once eighty-three, depicts a existence outstanding for its variety of expertise and task, from a small farm within the Furness peninsula to the courtroom 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 impression reached their optimum aspect. This interesting account could be of curiosity to an individual attracted to exploration and the historical past of the British military.
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This was Lady Beaumont, the partner of Sir George Beaumont, most agreeable persons, with whom I lived on terms of intimacy during their lives; her ladyship induced a female friend to go through the same process. In this way I passed between two and three years in London, going down to Lancashire each year to visit my family. On my last visit, before it was my destiny to leave England for a time, I found my parents happy and well, but my mother's eyesight, which had long been failing, was now quite gone; the principal uneasiness it occasioned her, was her inability to attend divine service, the church being a mile from the cottage, my father and mother having for more than twenty years never missed the two Sunday services; but my father read to her the morning lessons and the evening service regularly every Sunday.
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.
An Auto-Biographical Memoir of Sir John Barrow, Bart., Late of the Admiralty: Including Reflections, Observations, and Reminiscences at Home and Abroad, from Early Life to Advanced Age by John Barrow