Chronicle of the Hundredth Birthday of Robert Burns

Chronicle of the Hundredth Birthday of Robert Burns

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...Councillor Bicket, R. M'Kinnel, Esq., Jas. Crooks, Esq., J. S. Gregory, Esq., John Baird, Esq., Robert Railton, Esq., James Meikle, Esq., John Graham, Esq., James Laughland, Esq., Hugh Reid, Esq., James Paxton, Esq., &c, &c. In the absence of clergymen, the Chairman asked a blessing, and the company heartily partook of the abundance of good things set before them. The Croupier returned thanks. After the usual loyal and patriotic toasts, the Chairman introduced the toast of the evening. He said--Mr. Croupier and Gentlemen--we have now approached, and I rise to propose the toast, to do honour to which we are this evening assembled--"The Immortal memory of Robert Burns." (Great cheering.) I shall not now apologise for occupying this chair. You are aware, Sir, and all the gentlemen present are aware, that I do so, at their solicitation, as a matter of duty in virtue of the office I have the honour to hold; for on no other ground could I pretend to preside over many who are infinitely better qualified than 1 am " to bear the gree," on this occasion. While, however, I owe my humble duty to " Auld Kilmarnock," I feel that " Auld Kilmarnock," owes a far deeper and more sacred duty to that illustrious name, with which she shall be for ever associated. I rejoice, therefore, to occupy this chair, and that--despite of all that antiquated prejudice has done again to disentomb the unfortunate failings of our national bard--you have come so nobly forward to vindicate and celebrate his claims to the admiration of his countrymen and of the world. We are not here, gentlemen, to approve of all that Burns ever did. We are not here to contend that his conduct was at all times worthy of himself, or that his character...
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  • Paperback | 522 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 921g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236573854
  • 9781236573858