‘One of [the] last fond reliques of Scottish independence’.

Copy of a letter to Colin Mackenzie.

Abbotsford, 26 July [1827].

4to bifolium, pp. 3 + 1 blank; folds, a few small marks.


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Scott here discusses Scottishness with his long-term correspondent Colin Mackenzie. He discusses the gradual loss of the Scottish accent amongst the educated classes of Scotland, who are sent to England for their education, remarking, ‘It is repugnant to my feelings to destroy what seems one of [the] last fond reliques of Scottish independence’.

The original letter is now at the University of Aberdeen, MS 3470.

Millgate Union Catalogue: 5525; not in Grierson.

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