The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 31
Free Manse of Latheron 23rd August, 1853
23rd August, 1853.
I certify that Mr. Wm. B. Mackay has long been intimately known to me; that he is a young man of excellent moral character, and highly exemplary conduct; that his abilities and acquirements as a scholar are most respectable, and his activity and energy as a teacher most commendable and successful.
As a teacher he has had much experience, and his mode of communicating instruction is such as to secure the attention and affections of his scholars, and at the same time maintain in all respects his own authority.
I therefore have no hesitation in strongly recommending him for public or private teaching, not doubting that he will give ample satisfaction wherever his services may be required.
(Signed) Geo. Davidson, Minister.