Letter from Adam Boyd, Oxford to W. Mackenzie, London

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Comments on Mackenzie’s Lecture which “is not quite faultless as to style…it appeared to me that you have caught a little of the French manner in writing - & sometimes also in speaking - when you get keen & animated.” Describes his lodgings at Oxford, and gives news of acquaintances. Has joined Dr Kidds anatomy and chemistry classes but fears Kidd will not be a good lecturer as he lacks “the appearance of continuity to wh I have always been accustomed in Scotch Lecturing.” In the anatomical lecture Boyd had expected to be “disgusted wt a dead body, but he [Kidd] only exhibited a rabbit.” Requests books.