Letter from James Armour, Glasgow to W. Mackenzie, Paris

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Is travelling to Paris with John Wallace of Queen Street and William Macleroy. Armour intends to bring Mackenzie home “either willingly or by force” and make him “commence Surgery as soon as possible.” Hopes Mackenzie does not intend going to Germany “on some wild goose’s chase, seeking knowledge upon which you are afterwards likely to starve.” Hopes also that Mackenzie will give up the idea of lecturing. “Pattison has had great difficulty getting subjects.” Armour gets on well with Hugh Miller.Armour has left the majority of Mackenzie’s books in trunks with Mackenzie’s other things in the operations room. The larger books will be left in the great press in the Surgeon’s Clerks room under the charge of Sym. Rainy would have had them if there was nowhere else for them to go. The preparations likewise are left with Sym. Armour has been looking for a shop but without success. Rainy “was left in great doubt what to do about your Room for lecturing in.” Adam Boyd is not in good health and gloomy about his prospects. Armour will see Mackenzie in Paris where “my long face will cut an odd enough figure.”