It was a dull evening in the month of September, 1728. The apprentices had closed and barred the shutters and
the day's work was over. Supper was laid in the long room over the shop, the viands were on the table, and
round it were standing Bailie Anderson and his wife, his foreman John Gillespie, and his two apprentices. The
latter were furtively eying the eatables, and wondering how much longer the grace which their master was
delivering would be. Suddenly there was a knock at the door below. No one stirred until the bailie had
finished his grace, before which time the knock had...
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It is fitting that old men, even those whose trade is war, should end their days in peace, yet it galls me
grievously to sit idly here by the fire, in this year of grace 1746, while great things go on in the world about
The feeble hound at my feet, stretching his crippled limbs to the blaze, dreams of the chase, and bays
delighted in his sleep. Nor can I do more than dream and meditate and brood.
News of Fontenoy and the glory of Prince Maurice thrills my sluggish blood; again I taste the wild joys of
conflict; the clashing steel, the battle...