Anecdotage of Glasgow William Reids Queer
THAT once well-known local bibliopole of a former
generation, William Reid, of Reid & Brash, booksellers, Glasgow, was
exceedingly fond of a good joke, and having a fair
share of humour himself, he was the better able to be either the
judge or the
occasion of it in others.
One day an old woman from the clachan of Campsie entered the shop
inquiring for "A Testament of a mair than ordinar roun teep."
Accordingly one of the largest size was shown to her, which she
carefully examined, exacting a serious tribute on Mr. Reids patience.
"This ane will no doits a pity, noo, for its a bonnie bookhae ye
ony o the same size, but wi the print about twice as grit?" (large).
"There is no such Testament printed in Scotland," was the reply.
"Weel, Ill tell ye what ye may do, sin I hae gien
ye a this trouble; Im gaun wast the gate to Anderston, to see a
brithers bairn that I maun see afore I leave the toun, an ye can just
put your stampin-irons in the fire an cast ane aff to me by the time
that I come backwell no cast out about the price."
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