p. 234 ‘… the first two lines of this song…’; Cromek’s note to Tytler’s song is an example of his ‘editorial license’; the description of Tytler he quotes he took from a letter Burns wrote to Mrs Dunlop of Dunlop. It seems unlikely from this that Burns ever met Tytler himself. In a letter to George Thomson Burns wrote of ‘that odd being, Balloon Tytler’; Burns uses this monicre every time he mentions Tytler’s name.
The ‘Museum’ is James Johnson’s The Scots Musical Museum, a collection of Scots songs old and new, and of varying quality. All six volumes are available online at the website of The National Library of Scotland. The songs attributed to Tytler in the collection are
‘The Bonny Brucket Lassie’
‘The Mucking of Geordie’s Byar’ (the only authority for this attribution is William Stenhouse, an author whose authority is not unassailable)
‘The Young Man’s Dream’ (the only song actually marked with the ‘T’ Burns mentions).
‘Loch Eroch side’; another of Chambers’ attributions
‘I has Laid a herrin in saut’ (attributed by Chambers in his biography of Tytler)
p. 235 ‘…that list of works you had written…’; Anderson’s list is far from complete, one suspects:
” He is editor or author of the following works :
The Weekly Mirror, a periodical publication which began in 1780.
A System of Geography, in 8vo.
A History of Edinburgh12mo.
A Geographical, Historical and Commercial Grammar 2 vols. 8vo.
A Review of Dritchken’s Theory of Inflammation, 12mo. with a practical dedication.
Remarks on Mr. Pmkerton’s Introduction to the History of Scotland, 8vo.
A poetical Translation of Virgil’s Eclogues, 4to.
A general Index to the Scots Magazine.
A System of Chemistry, written at the expence of a gentleman who was to put his name to it, unpublished.
He gave his assistance in preparing the System of Anatomy published by A. Bell, and was an occasional contributor to the Medical Commentaries, and other periodical publications of the times. He was the principal editor of the second edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, and finished, with incredible labour, a large proportion of the more considerable scientific treatises and histories, and almost all the minor articles.”
Anderson also mentions Tytler’s contribution to the Third Edition, saying “he wrote a larger share in the early volumes than is ascribed to him in the general preface” and finishes with a comment about his time in Salem: “he established a newspaper in connection with a printer, which he continued till his death.”
I have been unable to establish the veracity of this last comment, though it is repeated in many subsequent descriptions of Tytler’s life. Dr Bentley’s diaries make no mnetion of such work.
Anderson’s list seems to omit all of Tytler’s ‘religious’ works, which is perhaps why this aspect of his life, which it seems to me was the most fundamentally formative, has had little attention; in today’s world it sits uneasily with his radical politics.
p. 241 ‘James Callender’; the life of callender is fully documented in With the Hammer of Truth, James Thomson Callender and America’s Early National Heroes’ by Micheal Durey. Callender has a claim to have been the first to talk of Scottish Independence. Though his writings were more successful and his impact on the world around him more devastating, he and Tytler led lives whose trajectories were so similar that it is remarkable that no-one has previously compared them.
The pamphlet mentioned here is Callender’s The Political Progress of Britain, originally published as letters in The Bee, James Anderson’s Edinburgh periodical.
p. 242 ‘You should read the handbill he distributed’; excerpts are on p. 221 The entire texts of the indictment and the handbill are here
p. 245 ‘..finally got to talk to Elizabeth…’ I am grateful to Greg Hughes for pointing me, not just to the existence of Tytler’s eldest child William Tytler (from whom he is descended), but also to Elizabeth, the daughter of Tytler and May Cairns; her final years are documented in the records of the poorhouse at Paisley where she died in 1867.
Tytler’s response to William’s enlisting is described on p.138
Title page of William’s work on the Expedition to Egypt; clearly he inherited not just his father’s chemistry but his ability to write and reproduce facts. His obituary was printed in the Paisley Advertiser in 1828.