To Lord Provost of Edinburgh, 30 June 1841
To THE LORD PROVOST OF EDINBURGH,1 30 JUNE 1841
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Royal Hotel | Edinburgh. | June The Thirtieth 1841.
My Lord Provost.
I beg to thank you, and the Magistrates and Council of Edinburgh, for the distinguished honor you have done me – and through me, the pursuit to which I am devoted – in conferring upon me the freedom of this City.2 Believe me, My Lord, that I am deeply sensible of this high token, and that I shall ever regard the title of citizen, so generously and handsomely bestowed, with a pride and pleasure much too deep for words. I have the honor to be, My Lord,
Your faithful and obliged servant
The Lord Provost.
- 1. Sir James Forrest, Bart (1780-1860), advocate; Lord Provost of Edinburgh since 1838. A ruling elder of the established Church of Scotland until 1843, when he joined the Free Church. Grand Master of the Freemasons in Scotland.
- 2. For CD’s account of this honour and the subsequent dinner, see To Forster, [30 July 1841], Pilgrim Letters 2, pp. 313-15 & nn