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Memoirs of an Eighteenth Century Footman: John Macdonald's by John Macdonald

By John Macdonald

First released in 1927. John Macdonald (1741-96) was once born, and died, a Scottish Highlander. First released on the time of the French Revolution, those memoirs of his days in provider supply a wealthy landscape of existence within the corporation of blind fiddlers, maid-servants, the Scottish aristocracy, squaddies, historians, Oriental Princes, servants of the East India corporation and males of significant wealth, together with James Coutts the banker. In 1768 - because the results of an errand - it fell to Macdonald to witness the loss of life of Laurence Sterne. 'Simply filled with curiosity' Sunday instances '..a version of actual writing' night typical 'Deserves a excessive position between autobiographies.' kingdom

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He took me, the postilion, and postchaise, and the helper, to take care of the horses. We Memoirs of an eighteenth century footman 21 travelled thus through the whole shire, making interest, giving balls and feasts to the gentlemen and ladies at Stranraer and Wigton. A pleasant time we had of it. We returned home, and in November went to Edinburgh, where Lady Anne lived all the winter; but my master and I went post for London. When the Parliament broke up in March, 1761, my master and his brother, Sir Hugh Dalrymple, returned to secure their election.

The coaches and horses are like gentlemen’s. There is only one stand for coaches, and that is in the High Street, one of the finest in Europe, near the Cross and the Royal Exchange, where all the noblemen and gentlemen meet between twelve and two, when the musical bells are playing. It is a hundred to one but any gentleman in town may be seen there at noon. If a coach is wanted on Sunday, it is sent for to the master, and goes out as a day-coach. There is no luggage admitted in a coach there. There was not a coachman in Edinburgh that had less than forty or fifty horses.

My brother mentioned Mr Goolen, at the Livery-stables, at the head of the Canongate. This worthy man appeared for us at the Council Chamber before the Lord Provost, and gave him such information concerning us as induced him to set us at liberty. We went with Mr Goolen; and, as there was one of his houses, next door to his dwellinghouse, empty, he let us lie at night in a closet on hay. When we had a mind to go to rest, we got both of us together into a cornsack. We went out in the daytime, as before, abegging; but at night we had a whole house to ourselves like gentlemen.

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