In 1822 Thomas Boys, of Ludgate Hill, London, published “Lives of Scottish Poets,” 3 vols, duodecimo, each volume consisting of two parts, about 180 pages each, and with a frontispiece group of five poets—thirty portraits altogether—engraved on steel, and nicely executed. Some of those gem portraits of forgotten bards possess an extra value now, on account of their rareness and uncertainty of reproduction. I specially allude to those of Marcus A. Boyd, James Moor, Caleb Whitefoord, Alex. Geddes, James Mercer, Francis Garden, and Wm. Julius Mickle. There is a singular story pertaining to this collection of biographies, and I opine that it is a correct one. It is to the effect that there was a literary fraternity in London at the beginning of last century and close of preceeding one, styled “The Club of True Scots.” They met frequently, probably there was conviviality, and they debated keenly, particularly on Scottish themes. Under a different name the same Scottish Society later on was formed into an active organisation, mainly for the welfare of Scots in the great metropolis. At one of their meetings, about 1820, it was proposed that memoirs and criticisms of Scottish poets should be prepared and read by the members, and the project was heartily agreed to. Many papers were accordingly submitted and freely discussed, and ultimately a desire was evinced that they should be printed in permanent form as a souvenir of the brotherhood. Hence those three dainty little volumes, the expenses of publication being, in all likelihood, defrayed by the members themselves. My set is marked “Scarce,” and that consequently increased the selling price. There are 65 memoirs altogether, some very brief, others fairly accurate, but all superseded now with our fuller knowledge of the past. Each memoir is signed with initials, and I had the curiosity, in an idle spell, to count them. There are 58 different initials to the articles, with the exception of A. C. and H. T., who supply two small memoirs each. It would be a trivial and even futile task to attempt to indicate and localise any of those writers. I think this verifies the statement that they were primarily contributed by different members of the association. Whether all were resident in London or not is doubtful, but not of much consequence; probably some obtained help in Scotland. Of the more extended memoirs, I specify that on James VI., 58 pp., by D. S. (I am inclined to attribute this to the Rev. David Scott, minister of Corstorphine, and afterwards professor at St. Andrews, who was stated in an obituary notice to have written “lives” of some Scottish poets, but this is the only one with D. S. attached). The memoirs and critique on Ramsay, 40 pp., is by T. T.; on Burns, 42 pp., by W. G. (?William Gillespie); Fergusson, 38 pp., by D. C.; Geddes, 36 pp., by W. M.; and Blacklock, 30 pp., by J. R. The editor of the whole series of memoirs was a Scottish journalist in London named Arthur Semple, who possibly licked some of them into presentable shape, and whose initials are appended to notes throughout the work. He likewise apparently furnished the supplement of 100 pages to vol. 3, giving concise notices of minor poets. Tannahill is included in the supplement, but his fellow-townsman Alex. Wilson is not, although he died in 1813. Mr. Semple did his onerous duty very creditably. He probably hailed from Renfrewshire, the habitat of that ancient family. Is there anything known of the further life history of Arthur Semple?