occasionally preacher/' Black assisted Sheraton in some capacity, which is not stated. Describing some of his experiences when so occupied, he continues : 4< I wrought among dirt and bugs, for which I was remunerated with half-a-guinea. Miserable as the payment was, I was ashamed to take it from the poor man. This many-sided, worn-out encyclopedist and preacher is an interesting character, and would have taken the fancy of Dickens. He is a man of talent, and, I believe, of genuine piety. He understands the cabinet business—I believe was bred to it. He is a scholar, writes well, and, in my opinion, draws masterly ; is an author, bookseller, and teacher. We may be ready to ask how comes it to pass that a man with such abilities and resources is in such a state ? I believe his abilities and resources are his ruin in this respect, for by attempting to do everything he does nothing."
The house referred to was, doubtless, the broken-down old place in Soho, where, after failing to make a financial success of the practical side of his craft, Sheraton settled down to design for other people, prepare his books and plates for the engraver and printer, and publish other literature of various kinds from his pen—notably discourses upon theological subjects. But when we read over Adam Black's words to-day how forcibly we are struck by the poverty of that writer's appreciation—if appreciation it may be called— of Sheraton's life's-work in connection with his craft, and how time has belied the all too sweeping assertion that " by attempting to do everything he does nothing." " Nothing " indeed ! On the contrary, he did great things ; so great, in fact, that, after the lapse of over a century, his name has become a household word; and, further, there are but few furnishing showrooms in the kingdom to-day where evidences of his healthy and far-reaching influence are not to be found.
In preceding chapters we have compared the respective
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