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Shetland Journal

Two Calves in the House: Being the Shetland Journal of the Reverend John Lewis 1823-1825 The forthright account of his travels around Shetland by the Reverend John Lewis a Methodist missionary who preached in almost every corner of the islands in the early 1800s. A fascinating social history as well as a highly readable account of life in those far off times. John Lewis was an extraordinary character full of energy and strong both in mind and body. He thought nothing of walking cross country from Lerwick to Sandness and then preaching, sometimes twice or three times, before seeking his bed, frequently in a poor crofters house or even in a barn. His writing is often ungrammatical and the spelling strange to our modern eyes but it provides an almost unparalleled view on the condition of some of Shetland’s poorer residents of this period and is composed in a style which is on occasion scathing in its complete honesty. Here was a man who pulled no punches and said what he felt should be said. There is however a warmth, humour and humility in some of the entries which gives the work a completely human perspective. Presents the daily journal of a methodist missionary, who travelled around the Shetland islands in the early 1800s.

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