The Fife Pulpit
by David Walker (9780217080460)

The Fife Pulpit
David Walker
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 42
ISBN: 9780217080460
ISBN-10: 0217080464

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IV. THE LATE REV. WILLIAM ADALR PETTIGREW, DYSART. IN the United Presbyterian Church of Fife, a few years ago, there was a name, the Rev. William Adair Pettigrew, round which a reputation for learning, humility, and a vast capacity for business had gathered. As a Greek scholar he was unrivalled in the whole Church of Scotland; indeed, he knew the imperishable language of Greece as well as his mother tongue. He was a profound thinker, the lover of abstract thought; yet his rich imagination and poetic nature, kindled with all that was good, beautiful and true. As Dr M'Michael once said of him, " I find in the Clerk of the Kirkcaldy Presbytery all the forces and models of history, eloquence, and poetry, always at home in the lofty regions of abstract thought, with a glowing sympathy, and equally rich in his aesthetic nature." The great humility of Mr Pettigrew had a marvellous influence over his conduct and actions. Few knew his great mind and learning but his most intimate friends. He ever forgot his own great superiority in his affability and obliging manners. He had no idolising attachment to himself, and thus made every friend happy and at home in his presence. By his very nature he had great command and power, and well knew the power of love; and on many trying occasions this great scholar and. eminent divine constantly practised it. " What should I be,"said Mr Pettigrew one day, having had an interview with some unreasonable members of his congregation, " What should I be had I not been endowed with capacity to understand the esteem and consideration of my friends 1" After a little pause and a smile, " Believe me," addressing us, " human nature is a queer compound, and pride an impudent beggar, but a quiet humility, and the strong integrity of principle a fortific...

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