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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Rev. James Robertson on Napoleon Bonoparte


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 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!"


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