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

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Recounts his journey back to Scotland. Met George Swan of ?Gartlake at Trongate in Glasgow. Armour is well and about to be relieved of his position at the Fever Hospital due to lack of patients. Boyd’s sister’s health has become worse. “It has sometimes occurred to me to inquire , whether you have not entered on a too limited line of Practise! An Eye Doctor must be established in fame, I should think, before he can make much by that one department of the Profession.” Gives Mackenzie advice about his dress “a good coat”gives “a man a good advantage in feeling a pulse. Had I found Baillie or Abernethy sitting, as you do sometimes, wt an old great coat and veteran trowsers & shoes, I fear I shd. Have no faith in their skill…..The Essay is not to be had in Glasgow: How comes this? The Journal is praised by Burns and Dick Miller. Cleghorn has become quite super-annuated: W. Couper has taken his last house in College Street.” Is not sure what to do about Gray who is going abroad in the autumn. If Boyd goes too he will have to give up preaching.