of several thousand pounds. That he: possessed napery to the value of five hundred pounds is stated by Chambers to be a well-authen- ticated fact. " A large room in the house was the frequent scene of the marriages of runaway English couples. On one of the windows were scratched the words :
'Jeremiah and Sarah Bentham, 1768.'"'
It was from this miserable inn that Johnson, on August i4th, sent the following note to Boswell's house :
" Mr. Johnson sends his compliments to Mr. Jioswell, being just arrived at Boyd's.
" Saturday night."
Boswell went to him directly, and learnt from Scott that " the Doctor had unluckily had a bad specimen of Scottish cleanliness. He then drank no fermented liquor. He asked to have his lemonade made sweeter ; upon which the waiter, with his greasy fingers, lifted a lump of sugar, and put it into it. The Doctor, in indignation, threw it out of the window. Scott said he was afraid that he would have knocked the waiter down." Boswell at once carried off Johnson- to his own house. Scott he left behind with the sincere regret that he had not also a room for him. Could the future eminence of the great judge have been foreseen, or had his " amiable manners" been generally known, surely some one would have been found eager to welcome him as a guest and rescue him from the Canongate Stabler. "He was one of the pleasantest men I ever knew," wrote Sir Walter Scott, fifty-five years later, when he met him at a dinner at Richmond Park, " looking very frail and even comatose." He lived some while longer, and did not die till the memory of this jaunt, and of everything else had been lost in the forgetfulness in which his mind sank beneath the burthen of fourscore years and ten." Let us hope that on his first visit to Edinburgh, like Matthew Bramble, " he got decent lodgings in the house of a widow gentlewoman."
1 Chambevs's Tiaditions of Edinburgh, p. 191. thirteen baronets, and four commanders-in-chief.
Perhaps this was Jeremy Uentham's father, who The Edinburgh Directory for 1773-4 contains,
two years earlier had married for the second however, the names of only about a dozen peers
time : what was his wife's Christian name I have and peeresses.
not been able to ascertain. The son did not a Lock hart's Lift- of Scott, ix. 244.
visit Edinburgh in 1768. Dr. Chambers gives :> He died on January 28, 1836.
on p. 318 a list of the great people living in the ' Ilumpliiy Clinkfi; ii. 224. Lodging-house
Canongate about the year 1769. According to keepers are entered in the Edinburgh Directory
it there were two dukes, sixteen earls, two as Room-Setters and Boarders. Some were
countesses, seven barons, seven lords of session, both, others only Room-Setters.