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James Nasmyth: Engineer
An Autobiography

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James Nasmyth: Engineer, An Autobiography. 

Edited by Samuel Smiles, LL.D. 

(this Etext is taken from the popular edition, pub.  John Murray 1897) 

PREFACE 

I have had much pleasure in editing the following Memoir of my friend
Mr.  Nasmyth.  Some twenty years since (in April 1863), when I applied
to him for information respecting his mechanical inventions, he
replied: "My life presents no striking or remarkable incidents,
and would, I fear, prove but a tame narrative.  The sphere to which my
endeavours have been confined has been of a comparatively quiet order;
but, vanity apart, I hope I have been able to leave a few marks of my
existence behind me in the shape of useful contrivances, which are in
many ways helping on great works of industry." 

Mr.  Nasmyth, nevertheless, kindly furnished me with information

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