1. For an explanation of the subject matter of the first two paragraphs, see the note at #154. Drummond is Henry Home Drummond. Richard Heber (1773-1833), friend of George Canning and Walter Scott, half-brother to Reginald Heber. Dugald Stewart (1753-1828), influential professor of moral philosophy, Edinburgh.
2. Gifford and Copleston mistakenly understood the "Scotch Gentleman" to be "Brown," undoubtedly Thomas Brown (1778-1820), Dugald Stewart's co-adjutor. But Drummond meant instead Macvey Napier (1776-1847), later the editor of the Edinburgh Review. Cf. Gifford to Copleston 31 May 1811.
3. #134. William Roscoe (1753-1831), attorney, historian, and Whig M.P for Liverpool, an evangelical.
4. #141. Thomas Falconer (1772-1839), Oxford-educated classical scholar.
6. #163. John Davison (1777-1834), later prebendary of Worcester. Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744-1817), Irish educationist, father of Maria Edgeworth, the novelist, who was a friend of Walter Scott.
7. Macbeth, Act 5, scene 5.
8. Thomas Northmore (1766-1851), Cambridge-educated writer on various topics, including classic authors, British flora, gases, and inventions.
9. Monday, 18 February 1811. Evidently, Gifford began the letter on Sunday, 17 February, and completed it the next day.