Excerpt from Annals of Scottish Episcopacy, From the Year 1788 to the Year 1816, Inclusive: Being the Period During Which the Late Right Rev. John Skinner, of Aberdeen, Held at Office of Senior Bishop and Primus, of Whom a Biographical Memoir Is Prefixed
It may naturally be supposed that a clergyman so respected through life as Mr Skinner was, be. Ing carried to prison like a common felon, would excite, in no small degree, the indignation of his hearers, and of the whole surrounding country. The boys at school regarded the event with unu sual emotions of consternation and alarm; and, deeming imprisonment a prelude to execution, they so wrought on the tender and affectionate hearts of Mr Skinner's sons, that they actually believed they never should be permitted to see their beloved father again.
From that moment, John became the most miserable little creature alive. He loathed his food, his sleep forsook him, and he would have pined to death, had not his father been permitted to receive him as his companion and bed fellow in prison, where, it was remarked, the boy had not been a week immured, when he became 'as Well and as lively as ever.
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