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Remonstrating on what he had written to Herbert: satisfactory
progress of the Iconographia Scotica : thanks for Lord
Respecting a portrait of James IV., and the Iconographia
Scotica, and some portraits falsely named in Grammont's
Regrets bis inability to forward his views respecting the British
Museum.-Feb. 1, 1795.
On the same subject as the preceding.–Feb. 5, 1795.
Pointing out some Scotch portraits, and putting two historical
On the Iconographia Scotica, and the prejudiccs of the Scotch
Respecting a portrait of the first Earl of Kinnoul and a series
On some portraits of the Grammont family; the death of Dr.
Campbell; and his own intention of publishing a tour
Discovery of a portrait of James IV. with a falcon on bis
fist.-Oct. 19, 1795.
With much curious antiquarian information. Dec. 15, 1795.
Particulars of a manuscript of Fordun's Scotichronicon in
Full of complaints and irritability about the Iconographia
Scotica.-Feb. 28, 1796.
Allows of his copying the monument of Earl Douglas in his
Tour, and acknowledges that his portrait of Cardinal Beaton
Respecting portraits of Sir Robert Murray and other eminent
EARL OF BREADALBANE TO MR. PINKERTON. 410
Respecting the portraits by Jameson at Taymouth.—May 28,
MR. PINKERTON TO THE EARL OF BUCHAN.
Upon the subject of the Iconographia Scotica.-May 30, 1796.
SIR WILLIAM OUSELEY TO MR. PINKERTON. 416
Respecting his projected translation of Sadi's Bostan, and Ne-
zami's History of Alexander and his Persian Miscellanles.-
July 7, 1796.
-MR. OGILVIE TO MR. PINKERTON.
Respecting portraits of Morison the botanist, and others at
Aberdeen.—July 19, 1796.
MR. J. C. WALKER TO MR. PINKERTON.
With various literary information.-Aug. 30, 1796.
MR. R. JOHNSON TO MR. PINKERTON.
Remarks on the style of engraving best suited for portraits.-
Sept. 17, 1796.
MESSRS. MORISON & SON TO MR. PINKERTON. 423
On the death of Mr. Johnson.-Nov. 18, 1796.
His increasing fondness for Italian literature, and his opinion
of Gibbon's Memoirs.-Nov. 21, 1796.
Sending a translation of some Irish romances, and criticising
On the Gowrie conspiracy.-Jan. 17, 1797.
Announces the publication of his History of Scotland.-Jan.
His own intention of publishing a tract on the Gowrie Conspi-
racy, and recommendations to Mr. Laing to write a History of
MR. M. LAING TO MR. PINKERTON.
Anecdotes concerning the Gowrie Conspiracy: a history of
Scotland during the Commonwealth would be uninteresting:
DR. GILLIES TO MR. PINKERTON.
Acknowledging the receipt of bis History.-Feb. 16, 1797.
DR. BEATTIE TO MR. PINKERTON.*
Aberdeen, December 13th, 1775. I have been so much engrossed with business and bad health, that till this day I could not find leisure to answer your very obliging letter. Your intention of inscribing to me your poem on Craig. millar Castle, does me much more honor than I have any title to. Please to accept of my best thanks for this instance of your kind partiality, and for the obliging manner in which you speak of what I have attempted in poetry.
There are many good lines in your poem; but,
* At the time of writing the letter to which this is an answer, Mr. Pinkerton was in his clerkship to Mr. Aytoun of Edinburgh, and was only seventeen years old. The Elegy on Craigmillar Castle was published in 1776, with a dedication to Dr. Beattie, who acknowledges the favor and the receipt of four copies, in a letter dated 20th July, 1776, but not published here.
when you have kept it by you a week or two, I fancy you will not think it correct enough as yet to appear in public. Young poets are very apt to publish their pieces immediately on writing them out; but they ought always to keep them for a year, or at least for several months, and revise them from time to time. I have erred in this way myself, and therefore can warn them from my own experience.
You will see I have been very free in my remarks, which I hope you will excuse; for I did it with a most friendly intention. On these occasions, I think it is the duty of a friend to be as critical as possible.
I heartily wish you success in your studies, and am with much regard and esteem.
DR. BEATTIE TO MR. PINKERTON..
Aberdeen, March 9th, 1776.
I thank you for taking in so good part the freedom of my former criticism : I hope the present will not offend you. I have been for some time past in a very bad state of health ; afflicted
• To this letter I have annexed the critical annotations of Dr. Beattie, to show at oncé some of the most striking errors of a young author, and the remarks of so able a critic and so distinguished a poet as the author of The Minstrel. Many other of the letters are accompanied with even longer series of remarks, but I have not felt it to be desirable to introduce them.