The Annual Register; World Events ... Volume 99

The Annual Register; World Events ... Volume 99

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...the lapse of a few minutes it became evident that the fire had obtained full possession of the tenement. An engine at length arrived in front of James's Court, in Lawnmarket, and another took up its position on the other side of the building on the Mound; but unhappily it chanced that the water at the time was turned off. For three-quarters of an hour the fire grew in violence, while the firemen and the angry crowd looked on helplessly. At last, however, the engines, together with some others that had arrived in the interval, got into operation, and, assisted by an opportune shower of rain, succeeded in putting a stop to the flames. No serious accident occurred throughout the day. A person who had formerly been a fireman had his arm broken, through a slight fall, and several policemen were more or less bruised; but, beyond these, no bodily injuries were sustained. The tenement destroyed was not only one of the most conspicuous and structurally remarkable in Edinburgh, but was also of considerable interest from its associations. The "house" (a "house" in Edinburgh is the separate dwelling of a family, although it may be only a portion of a large building--it moro nearly resembles a " set of chambers ") in which David Hume resided for many years was one of the flats (third flat, counting from James's Court) now burnt. Dr. Blair was Hume's tenant in the same house, while Hume was on the Continent for a year or two; and James Boswell succeeded Hume as tenant, afterwards removing to the flat immediately below, which has been for many years ocoupied by Messrs. Fillans as a printing-office, and was totally consumed; and it was here Dr. Johnson was received as a guest by his biographer. After the fire was thought to...show more

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  • Paperback | 556 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 29mm | 980g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236862112
  • 9781236862112