Thomas Gray to James Beattie, 8 September 1765
To Mr Beattie, Professor, in Marischal College Aberdeen
A little journey I have been making to Arbroth has been the cause, that I did not answer your very obliging letter so soon as I ought to have done. a Man of merit, that honours me with his esteem & has the frankness to tell me so, doubtless can need no excuses: his apology is made, & we are already acquainted, however distant from each other.
I fear, I can not (as I would wish) do myself the pleasure of waiting on you at Aberdeen, being under an engagement to go tomorrow to Taymouth, & if the weather will allow it, to the Blair of Athol: this will take up four or five days, & at my return the approach of winter will scarce permit me to think of any farther expeditions northwards. my stay here will however be a fortnight or three weeks longer, & if in that time any business or invitation should call you this way, Ld Strathmore gives me commission to say, he shall be extremely glad to see you at Glames: & doubt not, it will be a particular satisfaction to me to receive & thank you in person for the favourable sentiments you have entertain'd of me, & the civilities, with which you have honour'd me.
Your most obliged humble Servant
AU MS 30/24/6/1, AU MS 30, Papers of James Beattie (1735-1803), Historic Collections, Special Libraries and Archives, King's College, University of Aberdeen Library , Aberdeen, UK <https://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/>
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