The Occult Laboratory: Magic, Science, and Second Sight in Late Seventeenth-Century Scotland

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1699 & 1700

Papers between the Lord Reay & Mr Pepys &c touching the Second Sight a

Lord Reay to Pepys, 10 October 1699b

Culcairne the 10 October
1699

Honoured Sir,

I would have written to you severall tymes as I promised to give you an account of all the information I could make in those things you recomended to me but that I was so harrassed with troublesome affairs since I came to this Kingdome that I had no tyme till of late to inquire unto them. Since I have made some but can't promise the'l answer your exspectation thô I spared no pains in informing myself of all those that either by experience or learning could have any knowledge in them, and in a word I informed my self of all those I knew had any curiosity that way and waits only for a copy of a letter about the second sight my Lord Tarbat promised me to give you an account of all. c I have spoke to severall that pretended they saw them but were so ignorant that I could make nothing of them but I forbear this till I write to you more

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a
Pepys's cover sheet, MS ii, 1. Pepys's slightly more elaborate heading to his copies of these letters in MS ii, 10 is as follows:

Copys of Letters between the Right Honourable the Lord Reay of [Pepys's blank] in Scotland & Mr Pepys, Fellows of the Royal Society, relating to the Second-sight, ordinarily pretended to in the Highlands there.

b
MS ii, 3; printed in Pepys, Private Correspondence, i, 189—90. It is endorsed: 'Culcairne in Scotland Oct 10th 1699'. 'Lord Reay to SP upon some Enquirys hee carry'd with him of his into Scotland touching the 2d Sight &c.' (together with a slight variant on this).
c
For the earlier history of Tarbat's letter, see above, p. 34.

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