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The Anecdotage of Glasgow
Flying Kite and Flying Stationer

DURING the exciting period when the country was anxiously awaiting the result of the discussion on the Reform Bill of 1831-2, the late Thomas Atkinson, bookseller, and Sir Daniel Keyte Sandford, Professor of Greek in Glasgow University, made themselves conspicuous by frequently riding out to meet the mail, in order that they might communicate the news a little sooner to the quidnunes in the Exchange.

In reference to this, the late William Motherwell remarked— "That the public were amused by the sight of a flying kite and a flying stationer."

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