TO THE HEADER
In preparing this Volume, containing a rather peculiar mixture of
Lectures and Stories, I have done my best to provide you with a pleasant
book, which I hope will repay you for the time devoted to its perusal.
The Lectures contain not a little of the experience I have acquired in
fighting the “battle of life,” the aim having been to give an agreeable
mixture of both head and heart, which will be wholesome and useful,
especially^ to the young.
In writing the Stories the chief aim was amusement. If they contain a
few morals, it is because true pictures of everyday life must of
necessity be full of moral lessons to all who can look at them aright.
The arrangement of the Volume was suggested by the fact, that almost
every night when I have lectured I have been called upon to tell a
It will give me great pleasure to hear of “good readers” reading these
Lectures and Stories at social gatherings. Wishing you all good,
Glasgow, December, 1863.
NIGHT THE FIRST.
Lecture — The Affections
Friendship: its Development and Influence—Love in all its Stages and
Phases—The Tender Flame very minutely Described—Pa rental Love: its High
and Holy Influence—Selection and Treatment of Friends—Courtship—Counsel
given to Lovers—Parental Duties—The Prodigal’s Return—Love of Home and
Country— The Upward and Onward Tendency of all true Affection.
NIGHT THE SECOND
Lecture—The Dignity of
The First Great Worker—Adam and Eve’s First Work—Adam’s First House—Labour
and Idleness Contrasted—Illustrations of the true Dignity of Work—The
Russian Peasant—The Sea-side—The Storm—The Lawyer—The Surgeon—The
Mechanic—A Noble City, Edinburgh—The Requirements of a Dignified Life,
Truth, Honesty, Temperance, and Activity—Whittington—Men from the
Ranks—Glasgow Men—Edinburgh Men—The Workman’s Joys— Woman’s Work—False
Education—Margaret Hail— Charlotte— Marguerite—Florence
Nightingale—Distributive Labourers—The Children of Genius—Noble Workers,
Russell, Argyle, and Shaftesbury—The Humble Carpenter.
NIGHT THE THIRD
Lecture — Heart’s Ease
Material War contrasted with Warrings of the Human Heart—The Character
of Physician assumed, and Heart Troubles prescribed for —Heart-sore
Friends—Disappointed Lovers—Lonely Maidens— Money Hunters—Aspirants for
Fame, Power, &c.—The various Troubles of the different Classes of
Society treated—Our Real Ills —The Afflictions that reach us through our
Purses, our Persons, and our Friends—The True Source of Genuine Heart’s
Story—The Stair-Head Battle
NIGHT THE FOURTH.
Lecture — Money
The Comedian’s Desire to play Tragedy—The Workshop—Donald’s
Half-crowns—The Landlady—The Country Servant—The First
Engineer—Freedom—The Night before the Wedding—Saving Easy to the
Young—Children are Blessings—A Mother’s Life—Middle-class Efforts at
Money-making—Nine Lives—The Three Georges, the Three Jameses, and the
Three Johns—Lessons from their Lives —The Rich Man—The Cultivation of
our entire Natures—Retirement—The True Value of Money.
Story—Ordination in Marriage
NIGHT THE FIFTH
Lecture — The Way of Life
Emerson’s Book—The various Travellers—Children, their first Lessons
—Activity, &c.—Youth—Attention to Work—The proper Spending of Leisure
Hours—The Debating Club—Music and Flowers— Manhood—Experience—Good
Books—Burns’s Advice—Shakespeare’s Counsels—The Great Teacher—The Lord’s
Prayer—Life, a Harmony—Incomes and Matrimony—Kindness in the Workshop
—Domestic Joys—Speculation—A Happy Old Age.
NIGHT THE SIXTH
Lecture — Words in Season
Lecture in Five Acts—To the various Glasses attending a Hiring Fair —To
the Employes of a large Shipping Firm—To Four Thousand Children—To the
Patients of a Lunatic Asylum—To the Citizens of Glasgow, assembled in
the City Hall, on March 10, 1863, to celebrate the Marriage of their
Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Princess Alexandra.
Story—Looking for a House
A Little Bit to the Bargain for the Children