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The autobiography of James Nasmyth, engineer

Nasmyth, James

The autobiography of James Nasmyth, engineer

passages selected to form a continuous narrative from the original edition of Samuel Smiles

by Nasmyth, James

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Published by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge [England] .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Statementedited by A.F. Collins
SeriesCraftsman series
ContributionsSmiles, Samuel, 1812-1904
The Physical Object
Paginationxv, 104 p.
Number of Pages104
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL26981568M
OCLC/WorldCa20148644

It ought, at the same time, to be remembered that all that was afterwards done by Symington, Fulton, and Bell, followed long after the performance of this ever-memorable achievement. My father often pointed out these houses to me, and I loved to keep up my recollections. One of my ancestors brought from the battlefield the remnant of the standard; a formidable musquet— "Gun Bothwell" we afterwards called it; an Andrea Ferrara; and a powder-horn. On the edge of the lake was a young gentleman, then on a visit to Dalswinton. Among the more prominent portraits is one of my father, who is represented as illustrating some subject he is describing, by drawing it on the part of the table before him, with his finger dipped in toddy. The mutual feeling of goodwill and zealous attention to work seems to have passed away.

Davie Bridges was a character. Raeburn often joined my father in his afternoon walks round Edinburgh --a relaxation so very desirable after hours of close attention to artistic work. It ought, at the same time, to be remembered that all that was afterwards done by Symington, Fulton, and Bell, followed long after the performance of this ever-memorable achievement. John Young on account of a mansion erected by him close to George Street.

It was chamfered at the edges in a bold manner, and ornamented with an O. In this way I became ambidexter. The instruments he used were two great leather-faced mallets, one of which he held in each hand. It is much to be regretted that this valuable art of graphic memoranda is not more generally practised. They were members of the same family, and were treated as such.


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The autobiography of James Nasmyth, engineer book

The artists were a most welcome addition to the family group. When that was accomplished, the penny pig was broken with a hammer, and its rich contents flowed forth.

I well remember being impressed with the contrast between the almost savage aspect of these dark-haired foreigners, and the neat and delicate produce of their skilful fingers.

As I had on several occasions to operate in the lathe with this cla. My grandfather built the first house in the south-west corner of St. He never was a practical man. He has accordingly spent some of his well earned leisure during the last two years in writing out his recollections.

It was therefore the first iron steamboat, if not the first iron ship, that had ever been made. The effects of this, together with the loss and distress of mind which he experienced from the Government's refusal to pay for his work—notwithstanding their promise to protect him and his workmen from the Highland freebooters—so preyed upon his mind that he was never again able to devote himself to business.

Other inventions[ edit ] The milling machine built by James Nasmyth between andwith indexing fixture. I have many curious traditional evidences of the great fondness for cats which distinguished the Nasmyth family for several generations.

But of all portions of landscape nature, the Sky was the one that most delighted him. I have been led to speak of this subject, because when a boy I was often present at the discussions of these great principles.

The chime-bells were played every day from twelve till one--the old-fashioned dinner-hour of the citizens. The narrative abundantly illustrates Mr.

Little boys looked in and saw the men at work amidst the blaze of fires and the beatings of hammers. The principal markets in Edinburgh were then situated in the valley between the Old and New Towns, in what used to be called the Nor Loch.

A great deal is now said about "technical education"; but how little there is of technical handiness or head work! Michael Naesmyth acquired a high reputation for the substantiality of his work. As I have said, I did not learn much at the High School. I left the High School at the end of The bramble-berries gave us our dessert.

Having made a wooden pattern for my intended 8-inch diameter speculum, and moulded it in sand, I cast this my first reflecting telescope speculum according to the best book instructions. The nature and properties of the materials must come in through the finger ends.

He began by addressing them as "Men of the Heart of Midlothian! It introduced him to the practical details of heraldry, and gave him command over his materials. He was so successful that in a short time he was enabled to repay his excellent friend Miller the which he had so generously lent him a few years before.

By the employment of these simple and effective improvements in the art of casting the specula for reflecting telescopes, and also by the contrivance and employment of mechanical means for grinding and polishing them, I at length completed my first 8-inch diameter speculum, and mounted it according to the Newtonian plan.

A crater on the Moon is named after him. He was a great reader of old-fashioned novels, which indeed in those days were the only works of the kind to be met with.

There the Naesmyths remained until the reign of Charles II.achievements. This book is at the same time an anthology, a commonplace book, and a reference volume. A “alphabet of the engineer.” In his autobiography, James Nasmyth (–), the Scottish engineer and inventor of the steam hammer, wrote often of his learning to draw and of its importance for the practice of engineering.

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