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Edue T, 879.660.570
JUL 14 1906
BY MAYNARD, MERRILL, & CO.
LIFE OF SCOTT
WALTER SCOTT was born in Edinburgh on the 15th of August, 1771, which was also the birthday of Napoleon Bonaparte. His father was a Writer to the Signet, or, as we would say, an attorney-at-law; a lawyer with a large practice; an elder in the famous Old Grey Friars Church, and a man of integrity, sincerity, and benevolence. Walter was the ninth of twelve children, of whom the first six died young.
"I was," says Scott in his Autobiography, "an uncommonly healthy child . . until I was about eighteen months old. One night, however, I exhibited an intense reluctance to be put to bed; and after having been chased around the room, I was with difficulty consigned to my dormitory. It was the last time I was to show such personal agility. In the morning I was affected with fever; and in the course of three days afterwards it was discovered I had lost the power of my right leg."
The best physicians were consulted, and finally, at the advice of his mother's father, Dr. John Rutherford, Professor of Medicine in the University of Edinburgh, Scott was sent to live at the house of his father's father, Robert Scott, a farmer of Sandy-Knowe in Roxburghshire, where the shepherd would often take him out and lay him down under the rocks beside the sheep. Scott used to say in after life that "the habit of lying on the turf there among the sheep and the lambs had given his mind a