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HISTORY OF SCOTLAND

EXAMINED.

A Review.

EDINBURGH:
W. P. KENNEDY, ST. ANDREW STREET.
LONDON : HAMILTON, ADAMS, AND CO.

DUBLIN : J. M'GLASHAN.

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EDINBURGH: PRINTED BY T. CONSTABLE,

PRINTER TO HER MAJESTY.

PREFATORY NOTE.

THESE Strictures first appeared in THE NORTH BRITISH REVIEW. They have been revised and reprinted, in consequence of a wish expressed by various parties to possess them in a form more convenient for reference, than that in which they were originally published.

JANUARY, 1848.

TYTLER'S HISTORY OF SCOTLAND

EXAMINED.*

A HISTORY which has occupied eighteen years of the vigorous manhood of a laborious and learned writer, comes with such imposing recommendations, that the duty of the reviewer is disagreeable if he censures, and useless when he applauds. Criticism is awed nearly into silence by the success which this history has attained; and the subjecting it now to an examination, however gentle, is like asking an audience to the weary iteration of a twice-told tale. It is already among our standard histories; the opi

* History of Scotland. By Patrick Fraser Tytler, Esq. 9 vols. Edinburgh, 1829-1843.

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