Excerpt from Life and Works of Robert Burns
During these self - same autumnal months, in which the illustrious Doctor had been growling toleration all over Scotland, at the only people whose general education and intelligence at that time qualified them to appreciate his own ... intellectual greatness, and whose superior good sense and generosity combined to honour and entertain him; a youth, then in his fifteenth year, with great lustrous eyes and manly muscular development, but subject to periodical fits of Oppressive melancholy, and just beginning to be transported with the first access of love, was finishing his scanty education by a grand summer session of three weeks at the grammar school of Ayr, within a few miles of said ancestral residence; two weeks for revising English - listen well, 0 shades of Westminster I - and one for the acquisition of French. But day and night, in school, at all meals, in all walks, says his teacher, he was with me, reading or revising and listening, as the case might be, that he might be the better able to instruct his brothers and sisters at home. Whilst the Doctor approaches Ayrshire, with exulting Boswell in his train, this child returns finally from school, to reap almost single-handed his father's petty harvest-fields; and on these express November Halloween days, which gave Dr. Johnson such an impression of the incommodiousness of the climate, the boy's weary ¿ingin - tree' might be heard in the barn at Mount Oliphant, knocking all that could be found of human victual from the modest sheaves. In the household of which he then, and for many a day afterwards,'was the prop and glory - eldest son and only servant, - and where no other law but the aggregate authority of filial reverence, fraternal love, dutiful frugality, heroic patience, and Christ-like self-sacrifice was known, milk and oatmeal were almost the sole elements of life. Less animal food was probably used in that family in three or four years together, than the Rambler' and his friends might consume at a single sitting - butcher meat being a luxury absolutely foreign to their table during all that period. Yet in some dozen years thereafter - years as long as sorrow and fatigue could make them, and shortened only by love, by reading, or by music - this same lad, then in the zenith of his manhood, with scarcely a letter of introduction, or a single preparatory accent but the sound of his own voice, shall be received in Edinburgh with an ovation of love and wonder beyond anything Dr. Johnson ever saw; and, in less than a century from that date, his name shall be lifted with hosannas of gratitude beyond the clouds by half the civilised world - Dr. Johnson and Mr. Boswell where they are, at their own appropriate level. How poor a judge of human intellect after all, in kindred masses, was this boasted Hercules of letters and how difficult, with all the sorrows of his own youth, to instruct him in the first principles of respect and charity for his fellow-men.
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