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|What is it youre sayin, man! Are you
askin me tae live among savages on the other side of the warld? Where was it ye
"New Zealand is where it
is, Jane. By all accounts its a grand country, and theres a place for us in a
town called Dunedin. Theyre building a new Scottish society there, and its the
Free Kirk that is doin it. And we wouldna be among savages - wed be wi
God-fearing fowk who believe what we believe. Theres more savages in this part of
"But why would we want to leave the place we
were born in where we belong? The place where all our friends and relations live?
Would we ever see them again?"
"We canna stay where we are, Jane.
Youve been sayin yourself that the Saltmarket will ruin us if it doesna kill
us first. And ye know full weel that we canna afford to set up business in a better part
of town. Its you thats doin the household budgeting you know how
"Its just not right how can ye
ask me to leave all we have here to go chasin after something that could be worse
than we already have?"
"All Im sayin Jane, is that we
should tak a look at the notion. Will ye come wi me to the meetin
"Yell be goin on yer own,
|John MacGibbon from a watercolour portrait
painted in Glasgow, 1840.
Jane MacGibbon with her son Thomas, 1840