A lazy watchman - Buildings fire-proof - Effect of alum solution - Experiments - Theory put into practice - Paper on factory chimneys - The three at the Dens - Effect of a gale - Importance of draught - Houses for workpeople - Spontaneous combustion - Danger of greasy waste and dust - Experiments on oils - Fires in 1865 - Simultaneous fires in 1866 - Charles Mackie's training of nephew James - Tour in manufacturing districts - Trouble from masons - The limited principle - Domestic troubles.
Dundee in 1816 - Distress at the time - The Meal Mob - Spinning by machinery in Dundee - Steam engines in use - First mills - The original Dens mill - My father's methods of spinning - First carding engines - Mills going in 1818 - Mills in 1822 - Quantity spun - Quality of yarn - Russell Mill yarns - Handloom weaving - Household weavers - Habits of spinners and manufacturers - Prosperity of trade in 1824 - Fall offices in 1825 - Failures in Dundee. Personal recollections - The Dens House - The Burn - Town's Officers - Boyish pranks - The King of Leather Castle - "Traps" - Panning a dog - Hamilton's library - St Roque's Lane - Grizzel Jaffray's grave - The Antiquary's house - The harbour - The ferry - First twin steam-boats -Passage in them - Visit to Balgonie - Narrow escape from drowning - Open spaces in Dundee - The lamp lighters - Water supply - Letter delivery - St Andrews Church - Rev G. Parker - Schools and schoolmasters - John Gilbert's school - The Grammar School - The Academy - Dancing master - Old Mary the nurse.
Extent of flax trade in Dundee - Causes of increase - Mill workers in 1833 - Manufacturers - My first work after my return -Appointed manager of Upper Dens Mill - William Baxter and his sons - The firm and their mills - Dundee in 1833: its size - its streets - Gas lighting - Wants of the town - The trades of the town - Cost of food - Banks - Schools and education - Newspapers - Medical men - The harbour - Means of locomotion - Newtyle Railway - General description of the town.
Railway speculation and depressed trade - Further improvements - Revolution in France - His brother's troubles - Turn of the tide in trade - Navy canvas for British Government - Evangile at Ailly - Birth of his son James Drummond - More power-looms - Cholera in Dundee - A home-sick Belgian - Jute spinning in Dundee - New mill begun in 1850 - Other buildings - Home life - Signs of prosperity in Dundee - Removal to Springhill - Infringement of Patent for hackling - Trial - John Drummond.