“He was born on March 19, 1813, in the village of Blantyre in Lanarkshire, Scotland. His father was a poor tea merchant. When David was ten he went to work in the Blantyre cotton mill. There he worked from six in the morning until eight in the evening. His job was to watch a cotton spinning frame and tie any threads of cotton that broke.
But though his body kept to the task, his mind was elsewhere. David had always wanted to learn new things. With half his first week’s wages he bought a Latin grammar book. This he propped up at work by his spinner so he could read a sentence here and there while he watched the cotton threads. Soon he also began to be tutored nights after work. Even after he left his teacher for the night, he would often stay up past midnight reading. His mother would have to take his books away and blow out his lamp.
His father, Neil Livingstone, was pleased to see that David, too, had a love of books and learning. He game David history and travel books, classical works, and, most important to Neil Livingstone, the Bible.
But David’s life was not all work and study. On weekends and holidays he would tramp for miles and miles all over the countryside. He grew strong and developed great stamina. He couldn’t know it then, but all this was preparing him for his life’s work.
At eighteen he was promoted to the position of spinner at the mill, a job that paid much better wages. David decided to save his money for the university. It would take many years, but David was determined to study to become a doctor and a missionary.”
~David Livingstone (Young Reader's Christian Library), by Dan Larsen (p.18-22).
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