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CHAPTER III THE TOWN COLLEGE OF KING JAMES, EDINBURGH ",Gaudeamus
igitur luvenes dum sumus." "FEW sights have been more impressive to
me than the sudden one I had of the ' Outer House ' in Parliament
Square" (the Supreme Courts of Scotland) "on the evening of
November Qth, 1809, some hours after my arrival in the city for the
first time. We had walked some twenty miles that day, the third day
of our journey from Ecclefechan : my companion one ' Tom Smail,'
who had already been to college last year, and was thought to be a
safe guide and guardian to me. He was some years older than myself,
had been at school along with me, though never in my class. A very
innocent, conceited, insignificant, but strict minded, orthodox
creature, for whom, knowing him to. be of no scholarship or
strength of judgment, I had privately very small respect, though
civilly following him about in things he knew better than I. As in
the streets of Edinburgh for example on my first evening there! On
my journey thither he had been wearisome, far from entertaining,
mostly silent, having indeed nothing to say. He stalked on,
generally some steps ahead, languidly whistling through his teeth
some similitude of a wretched Irish tune which I knew too well as
that of a still more wretched doggerel song called the ' Belfast
Shoemaker,' most melancholy to poor me given up to my bits of
reflections in the silence of the moors and hflls." So writes
Carlyle as introduction to his reminiscences of one who was yet to
prove a good friend to him, though he knew it not at the moment,
Lord Jeffrey, a real " Law-ward" (it may be explained to the
non-Scot) or " Lord" of Session or High Court, not a peer of the
realm. He goes on to tell us about that famous journey across
country by the old "drove roads" and Mo...
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