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Portraits of Friends

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    John Campbell Shairp (Author)

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1889. Excerpt: ... THOMAS ERSKINE. [in The Form Op A Letter Addressed To Eev. Dr. Hanna, Editor Of 'letters Of Thomas Erskine Of Linlathen.'] You Lave often urged me to attempt some connected narrative of the life and character of our revered friend, the late Mr. Erskine of Linlathen, and I have often myself felt a strong desire to do so: but as soon as the desire has arisen, I have been restrained by a sense of utter inability. I felt the truth of those words which Dr. Macleod Campbell wrote to Bishop Ewing soon after Mr. Erskine's death: 'No man is able to say to those who knew him not what he was: no man could say this to those who knew him in a way that they would feel satisfying.' All that I shall now attempt is to put together such recollections of him as I can give, in the hope that these may be found in keeping with the impression made by those delightful letters which you are publishing. Although it was as a spiritual teacher working by voice and pen that Mr. Erskine was known to the world, yet one cannot fully understand his mind and influence without taking some account of his human temperament and earthly circumstances. In him, hardly less than in more mundane characters, the race from which he came and the people who surrounded his childhood had much to do with making him what he ultimately became. He himself would have been one of the last to underrate what he owed to his ancestry. On either side he was sprung from a far-descended and gracious race, and among these his kindred he passed a childhood and youth sheltered from those early shocks and jars which probably lie at the root of much of the unkindness and asperity there is in the world. Equally on his father's and mother's side he came from what the late biographer of Walter Scott used to call, with so much satisfaction, ' a fine ol...
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