March 1.—I laboured hard the whole day, and, between hands, refreshed myself with Vidocq's Memoirs. No one called except Hay Drummond, who had something to say about Mons Meg. So I wrote before and after dinner, till no less than ten pages were finished.
Eugene Vidocq founded the French Surete Nationale, and wrote his influential “Memoirs of Vidocq Principal Agent of the French Police until 1827” based on his crime fighting experience. Scott records in his journal enjoying Vidocq’s memoirs on March 1, 1829.