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��originally used of quitting, not what was painful, but what was


"Though pleased to see the dolphins play, J mind my compass and my way." '

He and Boswell started about noon for Montrose on the other side of the Firth of Tay, a distance of a little over forty miles, but with good reason made a halt at Letichars, on observing the fine old Norman church." They were fortunate enough to see it before it


��was "restored" for nothing ancient remains but the apse and chancel. The new portion in the interior is ugly in the most approved Scottish fashion; in the outside it would be insignificant were it not added as a vast excrescence to the ancient building. It stands on a little hill at the end of the village, with the churchyard round it falling away on the southern side in steep slopes to the road. Hard by are some well-grown trees round the Manse where Boswell waited on the aged minister, a very civil old man, to learn what he could. He was told that the church was supposed to have stood eight hundred years. St. Andrews certainly can show nothing so ancient. The village is built solidly enough of stone,

��1 Vosviull's SO/IHSOH, iii. 405.

��3 Paterbon's Itinerary, ii. 567, 581.

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