Letter from Geo. O. Sym, London to W. Mackenzie, Paris

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Is having problems with his eyes. Wardrop lanced them today. Gives news of Glasgow sent by his brother James. There are rumours of a forthcoming marriage between Armour and the matron of the Infirmary. James writes: “I wonder if it be possible that such a lank, thin, pale-faced fellow as Armour should have so much heat in his blood as to make him do so un-advised a thing; for won’t it have a great chance to keep him among the lower ranks of practitioners all his life.” Dr Gibb’s son has “made a sally from Valenciennes, and carried off a good, fleshy, mad eyed wrench - a Miss Shortridge - to lie in his barracks with him.” Willy Couper is “practising busily at Boghall…He has a prospect of being sent by the College to Aberdeenshire, to collect specimens for the Museum this summer…Dr Graham has succeeded Dr Brown in the library chair….Dr W. Cummin is also lecturing to ladies and gentlemen in the Anderson Institution. He is to use no Latin names, and there is to be nothing Bawdy…Wee Riddle preaches to the patients every Sabbath and cants the rest of the week at their bedsides…Pattison is Surgeon at present and doing wonders.”