The Annals of the Parish; , the Chronicle of Dalmailing During the Ministry of the Rev. Micah Balwhidder

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Author: John Galt

Chapter XXXI. Year 1790

The features of this Ann. Dom. partook of the character of its predecessor. Several new houses were added to the clachan; Cayenneville was spreading out with weavers’ shops, and growing up fast into a town. In some respects it got the start of ours; for one day, when I was going to dine with Mr Cayenne at Wheatrig House, not a little to my amazement, did I behold a bookseller’s shop opened there, with sticks of red and black wax, pouncet-boxes, pens, pocket-books, and new publications, in the window, such as the like of was only to be seen in cities and borough towns. And it was lighted at night by a patent lamp, which shed a wonderful beam, burning oil, and having no smoke. The man sold likewise perfumery, powder-puffs, trinkets, and Dublin dolls, besides penknives, Castile soap, and walking-sticks, together with a prodigy of other luxuries too tedious to mention.

Upon conversing with the man, for I was enchanted to go into this phenomenon, for as no less could I regard it, he told me that he had a correspondence with London, and could get me down any book published there within the same month in which it came out; and he showed me divers of the newest come out, of which I did not read even in the Scots Magazine till more than three months after, although I had till then always considered that work as most interesting for its early intelligence. But what I was most surprised to hear, was, that he took in a daily London newspaper for the spinners and weavers, who paid him a penny a-week a-piece for the same; they being all greatly taken up with what, at the time, was going on in France.

This bookseller in the end, however, proved a whawp in our nest, for he was in league with some of the English reformers; and when the story took wind three years after, concerning the plots and treasons of the corresponding societies and democrats, he was fain to make a moonlight flitting, leaving his wife for a time to manage his affairs. I could not, however, think any ill of the man notwithstanding; for he had very correct notions of right and justice, in a political sense, and when he came into the parish he was as orderly and well-behaved as any other body; and conduct is a test that I have always found as good for a man’s principles as professions. Nor, at the time of which I am speaking, was there any of that dread or fear of reforming the government that has since been occasioned by the wild and wasteful hand which the French employed in their revolution.

But, among other improvements, I should mention that a Doctor Marigold came and settled in Cayenneville, a small, round, happytempered man, whose funny stories were far better liked than his drugs. There was a doubt among some of the weavers if he was a skilful Esculapian; and this doubt led to their holding out an inducement to another medical man, Dr. Tanzey, to settle there likewise, by which it grew into a saying, that at Cayenneville there was a doctor for health as well as sickness; for Dr. Marigold was one of the best hands in the country at a pleasant punch-bowl, while Dr. Tanzey had all the requisite knowledge for the faculty for the bedside.

It was in this year that the hour-plate and hand on the kirk steeple were renewed, as indeed, may yet be seen by the date, though it be again greatly in want of fresh gilding; for it was by my advice that the figures of the Ann. Dom. were placed one in each corner. In this year, likewise, the bridge over the Brawl burn was built—a great convenience, in the winter time, to the parishioners that lived on the north side; for when there happened to be a spait on the Sunday, it kept them from the kirk; but I did not find that the bridge mended the matter, till after the conclusion of the war against the democrats, and the beginning of that which we are now waging with Boney, their child and champion. It is, indeed, wonderful to think of the occultation of grace that was taking place about this time, throughout the whole bound of Christendom; for I could mark a visible darkness of infidelity spreading in the corner of the vineyard committed to my keeping, and a falling away of the vines from their wonted props and confidence in the truths of Revelation. But I said nothing. I knew that the faith could not be lost, and that it would be found purer and purer the more it was tried; and this I have lived to see, many now being zealous members of the church, that were abundantly lukewarm at the period of which I am now speaking.

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Chicago: John Galt, "Chapter XXXI. Year 1790," The Annals of the Parish; , the Chronicle of Dalmailing During the Ministry of the Rev. Micah Balwhidder, trans. Evans, Sebastian in The Annals of the Parish; , the Chronicle of Dalmailing During the Ministry of the Rev. Micah Balwhidder Original Sources, accessed September 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D98VDTFV8F49I1P.

MLA: Galt, John. "Chapter XXXI. Year 1790." The Annals of the Parish; , the Chronicle of Dalmailing During the Ministry of the Rev. Micah Balwhidder, translted by Evans, Sebastian, in The Annals of the Parish; , the Chronicle of Dalmailing During the Ministry of the Rev. Micah Balwhidder, Original Sources. 20 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D98VDTFV8F49I1P.

Harvard: Galt, J, 'Chapter XXXI. Year 1790' in The Annals of the Parish; , the Chronicle of Dalmailing During the Ministry of the Rev. Micah Balwhidder, trans. . cited in , The Annals of the Parish; , the Chronicle of Dalmailing During the Ministry of the Rev. Micah Balwhidder. Original Sources, retrieved 20 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D98VDTFV8F49I1P.