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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Rev. Dr. Norman MacLeod working and Rev. Dr. Watson praying


THE Rev. Dr. Macleod of the Barony Church, and the late Rev. Dr. Watson of Dundee were travelling in the northwest on some special mission, and had to cross an arm of the sea from one island to another. During the passage the weather became stormy and the sea so rough that there was the greatest danger of the boat being swamped. In these perilous circumstances, Dr. Watson suggested that one of them should engage in prayer to the Great Ruler of the elements. One of the two boatmen who had been toiling at the oars till they were almost worn out, looked over at Dr. Watson, who was a man of small stature, and said:

"You may pray if ye like, sir, but this ane," pointing to Dr. Macleod, "maun tak an oar." Anyone who knew the worthy Dr. Norman Macleod, or who knows of him, can imagine what a hearty laugh he would take to himself at this practical remark, so much in harmony was it with his own ideas of praying and working.


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