This chapter talks about John Stuart Blackie as a Latin professor at Marischal College. Blackie took advantage of the fact that most students came to the university well prepared, and by the end of the second session at Marischal were able to not only speak but also think in Latin. He started a class library funded by voluntary contributions from the students, the Professor, and the friends of Classical learning in the North, to cover classical literature, but also History, Biography, geography, Voyages and English Literature. During Blackie's time at Marischal, his religious views developed further in the direction of a rational and non-doctrinal Christianity, and this he believed made it increasingly difficult to fulfil the pledge he had given in 1839 to be a sincere friend to the Church of Scotland. The likelihood that the chair of Greek at Edinburgh would soon be vacant was uppermost in Blackie's mind.
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