Anecdotage of Glasgow
Rev. James Robertson on Napoleon
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 the
wickedness of men. Tak," he continued, "an example frae among yoursels.
Your magistrates dinna ask certificates o character for their public
executioners. They generally select sic clamjamphrie as hae rubbit
shouthers wi the gallows themsels. And as for this Bonaparte," he added,
"Ive telld ye, my freens, what was the beginning o that man, and Ill
tell ye what will be the end o him. Hell come doon like a pockfu o
goats horns at the Broomielaw!"
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