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THE BEGINNING
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THE BEGINNING
I love no warres, If it must be
I love no jarres, Warre we must see
Nor strife's fire. (So fates conspire),
May discord cease, May we not feel
Let 's live in peace : The force of steel :
This I desire. This I desire.
T. Jackson, 1651. 1
Upon Tuesday, November 13th, 1666, Corporal
George Dearies and three other soldiers set upon an
old man in the clachan of Dairy and demanded the
payment of his fines. On the old man's refusing to
pay, they forced a large party of his neighbours to
go with them and thresh his corn. The field was a
certain distance out of the clachan, and four persons,
disguised as countrymen, who had been out on the
moors all night, met this mournful drove of slaves,
compelled by the four soldiers to work for the ruin
of their friend. However, chilled to the bone by
their night on the hills, and worn out by want of
food, they proceeded to the village inn to refresh
themselves. Suddenly some people rushed into the
room where they were sitting, and told them that
the soldiers were about to roast the old man, naked,
on his own girdle. This was too much for them to
stand, and they repaired immediately to the scene
of this gross outrage, and at first merely requested
1 Fuller's Historie of the Holy Warre, fourth ed. 1651.
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Volume 21, 1896 - Miscellanies, Volume IV
DescriptionContents: The Pentland rising; Sketches: The satirist; Nuits blanches; The wreath of immortelles; Nurses; A character; College papers: Edinburgh students in 1824; The modern student considered generally; Debating societies; The philosophy of umbrellas; The philosophy of nomenclature; Notes and essays, chiefly of the road: A retrospect; Cockermouth and Keswick; Roads; Notes on the movements of young children; On the enjoyment of unpleasant places; An autumn effect; A winter's walk in Carrick and Galloway; Forest notes; A mountain town in France ; Criticisms: Lord Lytton's Fables in song; Salvini's Macbeth; Bagster's Pilgrim's progress; An appeal to the clergy of the Church of Scotland Essays and fragments written at Vailima: My first book: Treasure Island; The genesis of The master of Ballantrae; Random memories: "Rosa quo locorum"; Lay morals; Prayers written for family use at Vailima.
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Edinburgh edition, 1894-98 - Works of Robert Louis Stevenson
DescriptionEdinburgh edition. Edinburgh: Printed by T. and A. Constable for Longmans Green and Co, 1894-98. [28 volumes in total, only some of which NLS has digitised.]
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Colvin, Sidney, 1845-1927 [Editor]
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DescriptionFull text versions of early editions of works by Robert Louis Stevenson. Includes 'Kidnapped', 'The Master of Ballantrae' and other well-known novels, as well as 'Prince Otto', 'Dynamiter' and 'St Ives'. Also early British and American book editions, serialisations of novels in newspapers and literary magazines, and essays by Stevenson.
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