He was the builder of a famous and beautiful city called Bagdad.
From an early age he determined to adopt chemistry as his profession, although his father, who was a builder, would have preferred him to be an architect.
So rare were the ordinary comforts, and even necessities of life, that the latter had to take a prominent place from the beginning: the missionary had to be farmer, carpenter, brickmaker, tailor, printer, house and church builder, not only for himself but for his converts.
The state is interested in the commercial railway venture as a matter of public policy, and because it can confer or withold the right of eminent domain, without which the railway builder would be subjected to endless annoyance and expense.
Its builder was probably Robert, earl of Gloucester, who also built Bristol castle.