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TO THE RIGHT HONOURARLE
DAVID STEUART ERSKINE,
EARL OF BUCHAN.
I have nothing to offer worthy of a Mecænas, descended of antient kings. Yet, I hope, your lordship may peruse, not without a degree of interest, a tour through your native country, by a route in some measure new, and that may unfold facts, circumstances, and situations of men in society, not perhaps always known even to those who make these their study.
Men placed on the elevation of illustrious descent and high rank, of minds naturally erect and noble, and expanded and refined by the arts and sciences, take long and comprehensive views. They look back to the past, around them on every side, and forward to what is to come after them.-Selfish and