I seem to have forgotten to post the journal entry last Sunday, so I am posting two days’ worth this week, which is kind of a good thing as the journal entry for September 22nd is rather short!
September 21, 1839
Sent for coach a number of Bills forward to Brechin and
Montrose, altogether uncertain whether they would reach or not, as I did not
know to whom I should send them.
Having been wrong informed of the hour when the Omnibus for
Kirriemuir should start I was disappointed in that conveyance, and had to
travel on foot to Kirriemuir. On the way
I called into a house at a place called Padonarm and as usual examined the
people on Tee-totalism. I found them
prejudiced against the system through ignorance, so much so that, they told me
that "it was a very bad thing to lay any more taxes on the working
classes". On further enquiry I
found that, the view they had of Tee-totalism was, that a tax was to be put on
every house that had 3 windows. I
explained the principles of total abstinence to them and convinced them that
they were just. I also circulated a few
tracts and songs on which the people did not know what to make of me - they
made me sit down, and although head and foot of me could have ate, I believe
they would have been satisfied.
It was evening till I reached Kirriemuir, my Bills had
reached, but the lecture was put off to Monday, as their weekly convivial
meeting happens on Saturday - I attended the convivial meeting - the house being
a church was crowded. A hymn commenced
the proceedings, after which a tune by the Instrumental band, and a song from
any individual who volunteered his or her services, and of these there was no
lack alternatively made up all the routine of the amusement of the
evening. I delivered a short address to
them, and sang two songs. This meeting
was to me another proof that for man to enjoy himself there was no necessity
for intoxicating liquors.
September 22, l839
This being Sabbath I went in the forenoon to the Rev. Mr. Ramage's
Chapel and heard a lecture on Eph. 2.ll, l2, l3 & l4 by a Mr. Murray - In
the afternoon I attended divine service the Rev. Mr. Buchan's Chapel, and in
the evening I went to hear Dr. Easton.
Typed by Betty Kay
11th May 1996, from Dan Marshall`s notes of the original journal.
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