IN the course of a sermon which he
preached before the Associate Synod at Glasgow, the witty and learned Rev,
James Robertson, who was for nearly half a century minister of the
Secession Church in Kilmarnock, introduced the possibility of a French
invasion as a punishment for national sin; and while admitting the immoral
character of the infliction, he assured his hearers that— "Providence was
not always nice in the choice of instruments for punishing
wickedness of men. Tak," he continued, "an example frae among yoursel’s.
Your magistrates dinna ask certificates o’ character for their public
executioners. They generally select sic clamjamphrie as ha’e rubbit
shouthers wi’ the gallows themsel’s. And as for this Bonaparte," he added,
"I’ve tell’d ye, my freens, what was the beginning o’ that man, and I’ll
tell ye what will be the end o’ him. He’ll come doon like a pockfu’ o’
goats’ horns at the Broomielaw!"