preaching one of his astronomical discourses
in Glasgow, Dr. Chalmers observed among his audience a plain, honest,
godly woman, who lived in a close of the Gallowgate, and with whom he was
well acquainted. The doctor felt an irresistible desire to know what Janet
thought of the sermon, as he was quite sure it was above her reach, and he
knew that he would not require to ask her opinion, for, being a frank
out-spoken body, she would
not fail to give it of her own accord.
Accordingly, a day or two after, he
put himself in her way, and had not long to wait ere he heard what he was
in quest of.
"Weel, sir," she said, "I was
hearing ye in the Laigh Kirk the ither day; I canna say that I liket ye
sae weel as in our ain bit placey here (a mission-house where weekly
meetings were held). I canna say that I understood ye a’ thegither; but
eh, sir, there was something unco suitable and satisfyin’ in the Psalms."