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A STATEME

THE RT. HO

AND SOME OF

UPON THE SUBJECT 0.
SOME STRICTURÉS UPON TĖ,

The British pri .
AND OTHER ANONYMOUS TRADUCERS OF THE IRISH NATION;

AND ALSO SOME OBSERVATIONS ON

LORD REDESDALE'S LETTERS TO THE

EARL OF FINGALL.

Quem mala stultitia et quæcunque inscitia veri
Cæcum agit.

Hor. Sat. iii. I. 2a
Whom wicked folly and in ev'ry form
Nescience of truth hurt blindfold on to ruin.

Second Edition.

DUBLIN:

مزی 3/4

PRINTED BY H. FITZPATRICK, 4, ,CAPEL-STREET.

1804.

POSTLIMINIOUS PREFACE

TO THE

HISTORICAL REVIEW

OF THE

STATE OF IRELAND.

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The marvellous fertility of the present æra in extraordinary occurrences will reconcile the reader to the publication of a postliminious preface to a work, that has been upwards of six months before the public. Whilst the great Ruler of the Universe continues to produce the wise ends of his providence over human beings through secondary causes, the reasoning powers, with which he has gifted them, continue to be the ordinary means, by which he enables them to face the circumstances of the day, however awful, pregnant, or unprecedented they be. To every function and department in social life, appropriate duties are affixed, which arise out of, and can only cease in the extinction of social nature itself. If Bolingbroke observed truly, that the love of history seems inseparable from human nature, the

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