The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson:|
Dollond, `I have not thought it necessary to trouble Mr.
Rennie with this order, but I BEG YOU WILL SEE TO GET TWO
MINUTES OF HIM AS HE PASSES YOUR DOOR' - a proposal calculated
rather from the latitude of Edinburgh than from London, even
in 1807. It is pretty, too, to observe with what affectionate
regard Smeaton was held in mind by his immediate successors.
`Poor old fellow,' writes Rennie to Stevenson, `I hope he will
now and then take a peep at us, and inspire you with fortitude
and courage to brave all difficulties and dangers to
accomplish a work which will, if successful, immortalise you
in the annals of fame.' The style might be bettered, but the