High winds, gusty dark clouds, and every symptom, of a drenching rain.
We all awoke at sun rise this morning; and I was provoked to find Simon still snoreing in bed. Julie, went in to call him up. He has become intolerably lazy, which is the banefull effects of the atmosphere of our house. Every servant we have had contracts this bad habit.
I jumped up at seven, the fire was poor and morning cool. G. could not get up untill twice called.
The disagreable [sic] duty of speaking to Simon, devolved
on me, and I did not spare the rod of reproof.
His temper, I should judge obstinate, but not
easily roused, to violent anger.
Could not get out, and mended clothes
part of the morning.
Gave Julie her lessons.
Did not walk out, the wind was too high. Garret, urged me to venture, but the fear of a cold prevented me. Louis, took two lozenges again to.night. I made each of the children a pocket.book, to keep their money safe.
Spent, the afternoon reading, “A piece on the
extravagant impostures which have been played
on mankind.” The life of “Law” a French swindler
was really amuseing.
Garret, brought me the “Weekly Herald”, containing
the lectures of an English Geologist, Mr Lyell.
He has crowded audiences, and over throws all our
firm reliance on the Mosaic history, by boldly
affirming the earth to be sixty thousand years old,
instead of six thousand. This he attempts
to prove by the different strata on the surface of
the globe, and the volcanic organization.
Charles Lyell was a British lawyer and the foremost geologist of his day. He is best known as the author of Principles of Geology, which popularised James Hutton’s concepts of uniformitarianism – the idea that the earth was shaped by the same processes still in operation today. Principles of Geology also challenged theories popularized by George Cuvier, which were the most accepted and circulated ideas about Geology in England at the time. Lyell was also one of the first to believe that the world is older than 300 million years, on the basis of its geological anomalies. Lyell was a close and influential friend of Charles Darwin. ~Wikipedia
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