Testimony for Mr. James Reid by Rev. John Thomson
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The testimonial letter below, dated 1863, is note-worthy for the fact that the letter head is a drawing of the proposed West Church and Manse buildings to built by Sir James Fergusson. The Manse was in fact, later built on the other side of the church. Following the letter is a transcript of it. The letter and transcript are both the generous contribution of  Murray Reid, descendant of the subject of the letter, Mr. James Reid.


To be built by Sir James Fergusson Bart. MP.

West Parish Maybole, Ayrshire 1863.

I have great pleasure in bearing testimony to the character and abilities of Mr. James Reid. He is the son of our late respected Elder of the Church of Scotland, and who for 30 years enjoyed the good opinion of everyone in that sacred capacity. I have known Mr. James Reid for more than six years. He is a most industrious young farmer, has received a most liberal education , was a regular attender a divine ordinancy, and being of a quiet and amiable nature, an honest sober and steady in his engagements. I have every reason to recommend him, feeling in my own mind that from personal acquaintance with him I have confidence in his trustworthiness.

John Thomson



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