Weft and Woof, p.64.

[Anecdotes of Burns Contents]

MR. RAMSAY of Ochtertyre, a friend of Blacklock, had the honour of a visit from Burns during his journey through the Highlands. He tells us that “when he asked him (Burns) whether the Edinburgh ‘literati’ had mended his poems by their criticisms – 

“Sir,” said he, “those gentlemen remind me of some spinsters in my country, who spin their thread so fine that it is neither fit for weft nor woof.” 

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