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HISTORICAL SKETCHES

OF THE ANCIENT

NATIVE IRISH

AND

THEIR DESCENDANTS.

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.

213784-B.

*****

Oliver & Boyd, Printers.

In adversis etiam fida.

TO

THE DESCENDANTS OF THE ANCIENT

NATIVE IRISH,

AND TO ALL WHO BEFRIEND THEM,

THESE PAGES ARE INSCRIBED BY

THE AUTHOR.

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