Drummond of Hawthornden: The Story of His Life and Writings

Drummond of Hawthornden: The Story of His Life and Writings

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Drummond of Hawthornden: The Story of His Life and Writings

Drummond of Hawthornden: The Story of His Life and Writings

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Among the materials for this Volume may be mentioned the original and subsequent Editions of Drummond's separate Works, and of his Collected Poems, and also the first, and still unique, Edition of his Prose Works and Poems together, published at Edinburgh in 1711 under the superintendence of Bishop Sage and Thomas Ruddiman. This Folio contained many prose pieces and some poems of Drummond's that had never seen the light before; it included also a good many letters written by Drummond or to him; and there was prefixed to it a Memoir of Drummond by Bishop Sage. To the knowledge of Drummond thus accessible nothing of consequence was added till 1820, when Mr. David Laing began his examination of the Hawthornden MSS., which had then for about forty years been in the possession of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. By Mr. Laing's assiduity these valuable relics were properly arranged, and bound in fifteen volumes; and the results of his examination of them took at length the form of an elaborate paper, read before the Society on the 14th of January 1828, and afterwards printed in their Transactions, with this title: "A Brief Account of the Hawthornden Manuscripts in the possession of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland; with Extracts, containing several unpublished Letters and Poems of William Drummond of Hawthornden." In the Memoir introducing this paper interesting particulars of Drummond's Biography, previously unknown, were ascertained and stated with all Mr. Laing's accuracy, while the appended Extracts of various kinds from the Hawthornden MSS. added about sixty quarto pages to Drummond's Remains as printed in the folio of 1711. Few even of Mr. Laing's researches have been of greater interest than this; and he was fortunately able . . .

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