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HISTORICAL SKETCHES

OF THE ANCIENT

NATIVE IRISH,

AND

THEIR DESCENDANTS;

ILLUSTRATIVE OF THEIR PAST AND PRESENT STATE

WITH REGARD TO

LITERATURE, EDUCATION, AND ORAL

INSTRUCTION.

BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON.

If ever on thy eyelid stood the tear
That pity hath engender'd-drop one here.--Cowper.

Yet that population is endowed by nature with great mental vivacity, and

a remarkable aptitude for every species of intellectual labour.-Thierry.

EDINBURGH;

PUBLISHED BY

OLIVER & BOYD, TWEEDDALE-COURT;

AND

GEO. B. WHITTAKER, AVE-MARIA-LANE, LONDON.

1828.

HARVARD COLLEGE LIDRAAY

DEPOSITED BY THE LIBRARY OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADNINISTRATION

Oct, al, 1939

Oliver & Boyd, Printers.

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