31st December 1813

Sent Ten pounds Sterling to Edinburgh to William in part of payment of his board to Mr Lucas.

There has been an abundant Crop this year but the necessaries of life are still high.

That is it from Dr Lucas. May we thank eveyone who has posted on this blog and who has taken the time to read it. Happy New Year to everyone, may it be a good one for all of you.

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26th October 1813

William went to Edinburgh to attend the Medical Classes in the University Viz., the Infirmary, the Theory of Medicine, the Practice of Medicine, the practice of Surgery, Clinical Surgery etc.

The remainder of this month was good weather, the markets were rather on the decline and trade is rather beginning to revive, but Specie, that is silver and gold is not to be found, nothing is in circulation excepting paper money.  Banks and multiplied to an excessive number and forgeries of their notes are become very frequent.  A Guinea in Gold is not now to be seen and is worth about 28 shillings.  Silver is worth six shillings and Eleven pence per ounce.

William is Thomas Lucas’ eldest son.

27th September 1813

The Deacon of the Shoemakers, the Deacon of the Taylors and the Conveenor he being of the Butchers are sent to Campbells of Monzie (our Member of Parliament) to be out of the way, least they might be stole away by the other party and not able to Cote at the ensuing Michaelmas  Election of the Magistrates and town councill.

NB These Villains are the same men that took bribes at General Campbell’s election.

Fine weather, the harvest two thirds over.

Received a letter from London, from Uncle Walter.

23 August 1813

Janet Lucas returned to Edinburgh.

The weather fine and the Harvest general.  Several of the farmers are getting their Wheat into the Barnyards.

Many strangers passing and repassing through the town, some on business others on parties of pleasure but the rage or madness of going to see the Trossachs this year seems to be much abated.  The ramaining [sic] part of this month the weather was excellent and the Harvest was rapidly advancing but the markets were not fallen to the extent that was expected.

Sent two Kipper fish to London to Mr McNaughton by Hosey to Leith and from thence to London by the Edinburgh & London Shipping Company’s Smack.