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SCOTL A N D.
Tros TYRIUSQUE mihi nullo difcrimine agetur.
THE SECOND EDITION.
L O N D ON:
Gentleman well known to the
political world in the beginning of the present century made the tour of Europe, and before he reached Abbeville discovered that in order to see a country to best advantage it was infinitely preferable to travel by day than by night.
I cannot help making this applicable to myself, who, after publishing three volumes of the Zoology of Great Britain, found out that to
be able to speak with more precision of the subjects I treated of, it was far more prudent to visit the whole than part of my country : ftruck therefore with the reflection of having never seen Scotland, I instantly ordered my baggage to be got ready, and in' a reasonable time found inyfelf on the banks of the Tweed.
As soon as I communicated to you my resolution, with your accustomed friendship you wished to hear from me: I could give but a partial performance of my promise, the attention of a traveller being so much taken up as to leave very little room for the discharge of epiftolary duties; and I fatter myself you will find this tardy execution of my engagement more satisfactory than the hafty accounts I could send you on my road : but this is far from being the sole motive of this address.
I have irresistible inducements of public and of a private nature : to you I owe a most free enjoyment of the little territories Providence had bestowed on me; for by a liberal and equal cession of fields, and meads and woods, you connected all the divided parts, and gave a full scope to all my improvements. Every view I take from my window reminds me of my debt, and forbids my silence, causing the pleasing glow of gratitude to diffuse itself over the whole frame, instead of forcing up the imbittering figh of Oh! So angulus ille! Now every scene I enjoy receives new charms, for I mingle with the visible beauties, the more pleasing idea of owing them you, the worthy neighbor and firm friend, who are happy in the calm and domestic paths of life with abiities superior to oftentation, and.good