Miscellaneous letters and documents collected by William Finlay Watson, many of which have not been identified. Edit


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  • 1691-early 20th century. (Creation)


  • 303 Leaves (Whole)



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  • Scope and Contents

    The contents include letters to the Master of Stair, 1691 (folios 13-17); cuttings from the Register of the Tolbooth Prison, Edinburgh, 1736 (folios 39-40); copy of a letter of the Earl of Hertford, Ambassador in France, to the Earl of Halifax, 1763, in the handwriting of David Hume, then acting as secretary to Hertford (folios 44-45); letter of John Witherspoon acknowledging receipts, 1790 (folio 52); letter of Bishop Percy regarding Macpherson’s ‘Ossian’, 1805 (folio 61); fragments of an essay of De Quincey on Wordsworth and a letter of De Quincey, undated (folios 119, 244); Ebenezer Elliott’s poem ‘Ribble-din’ in his own autograph (folio 246); an account of a cattle-show at Carter-haugh by James Hogg (folio 281); and reminiscences by William Finlay Watson of his family (folio 296).