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The Cruise of the Betsey
By Hugh Miller
Our thanks to Annette for typing this book in for us
[Note: Annette completed up to Chapter 6 and that was the last we heard from her. We have subsequently found a pdf file of this book and we made it available below.]

or a summer holiday in the Hebrides
Ten Thousand Miles over the Fossiliferous Deposits of Scotland
author of "The Old RedSandstone,í etc. etc.
Thirteenth Edition


Naturalists of every class know too well how Hugh Miller died - the victim of an overworked brain and how that bright and vigorous spirit was abruptly quenched for ever.

During the month of May (1857) Mrs. Miller came to Malvern, after recovering from the first shock of bereavement, in search of health and repose, and evidently hoping to do justice, on her recovery, to the literary remains of her husband. Unhappily the excitement and anxiety naturally attaching to a revision of her husbandís works proved over much for one suffering under such recent trial, and from an affection of the brain and spine which ensued; and, in consequence, Mrs. Miller has been forbidden, for the present, to engage in any work of mental labour.

Under these circumstances, and at Mrs. Millerís request, I have undertaken the editing of "The Cruise of the Betsey, or a Summer Ramble among the Fossiliferous Deposits of the Hebrides," as well as "The Rambles of a Geologist," hitherto unpublished save as a series of articles in the "Witness" newspaper. The style and arguments of Hugh Miller are so peculiarly his own, that I have not presumed to alter the text, and have merely corrected some statements incidental to the condition of geological knowledge at the time the work was penned. The "Cruise of the Betsey" was written for that well-known paper, the "Witness," during the period when a disputation productive of much bitter feeling waged between Free and Established Churches of Scotland; but as the Disruption and its history possesses little interest to a large class of the readers of this work, who will rejoice to follow their favourite author among the isles and rocks of the "bonnie land," I have expunged some passages, which I am assured the author would have omitted had he lived to reprint this interesting narrative of his geological rambles. Hugh Miller battled nobly for his faith while living. The sword is in the scabbard: let it rest!

W.S. Symonds
Pendock Rectory, October 1, 1857

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