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The Journal of John O'Brien
Author: Bill Hornadge

ISBN: 9781875892785
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 191
Published: 1 February 2005
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0
Description:
When Robert Burns was 21 he formed the Tarbolton Bachelors' Club, a discussion and debating club deep within the small farming community. All its records survive and its meeting place is now a museum. It had an unusual set of rules for membership, number ten being:

"(10) Every man proper for a member of this Society, must have a frank, honest, open heart; above anything dirty or mean; and must be a professed lover of one or more of the female sex. No haughty, self-conceited person, who looks upon himself as superior to the rest of the Club, and especially no mean-spirited, worldly mortal, whose only will is to heap up money shall upon any pretence whatever be admitted."

At the first meeting of the Club on November 11, 1780, Robert Burns was elected president for the night, and it was he who chose the topic for debate that night:

"Suppose a young man, bred a farmer, but without any future had it in his power to marry either of two women, the one a girl of large fortune, but neither handsome in person or agreeable in conversation but who can manage household affairs of a farm well eno...

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