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As he passed through Aberdeen, Burns met Bishop Skinner, a Bishop of the Scottish Episcopal Church; and when he learnt that the Bishop's father, the author of the song of _Tulloch-gorum_, and _The Ewie wi 'the crookit horn_, and other Scottish songs, was still alive, an aged
Soon after his return to Edinburgh, he received from old Mr. Skinner a rhyming epistle, which greatly pleased the poet, and to which he replied, -- "I regret, and while I live shall regret, that when I was north I had not the pleasure of paying a younger brother's dutiful respect to the author of the best Scotch song ever Scotland saw, _Tulloch-gorum's my delight_."
The chaps at the West Diddlesex all admired it hugely, except that snarling Scotchman M'Whirter, fourth clerk, -- out of envy because I did not think much of a great yellow stone, named a carum-gorum, or some such thing, which he had in a snuff-mull, as he called it, -- all except
Allan Cunningham, in his _Songs of Scotland_, thus freely comments on it: -- "_Tulloch-gorum_ is a lively clever song, but I would never have edited this collection had I thought with Burns that it is the best song Scotland ever saw.
Sunt igitur pares prsfati actus in attingendo Deum * Ergo ex hoc Theolo« gorum principio minime probari potest) potiorem esse Charitatem Spe Theologica.