1827 · Paisley, [Scotland]
Two brothers from Fife both go to college. The "spruce" and popular Rab gets swollen-headed and drops his native Scots dialect: "He ca'd the Kirk the Church, the yirth the Globe / And chang'd his name, forsooth, frae Rab to Bob." Rab becomes a gambler and a drunkard while the slower, less confidant Ringan applies himself to his books and becomes a minister. The moral of this tale: "That youthfu' diffidence is certain gain." The tale is followed by the wonderfully wild and energetic plea to two young men to stop trying to saw lumber in the middle of a violent storm. Originally published in Glasgow, in 1796.
=> A chapbook.
NSTC 2W24752. Removed from a bound volume. In self-wrappers. A very good copy. (Inventory #: 17492)