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Ignorance. If in remote Ages, immersed in Darkness, or scarcely discoverable by a lurid Light, I have been unable to trace that Lustre and Civilization which the ancient Irish are said to have possessed, I think myself not on that Account inferior to any Man in Zeal for the folid Advantage of my Country, whose numerous Inhabitants form a respectable Nation rapidly advancing in the Arts of social Life. Incorporated with the People of Great Britain by a Legislative Union, and pressed by an immense Weight of hostile Power from Abroad, may we be firmly united among ourselves by a liberal Policy, which abolishes Distinctions creative of Discord and National Weakness, and adopts useful Merit wherever it can be found.
Jam moribus, artibus, ad finitatibus nostris, mixti, aurum & opęs suas inferant, potius quam féparati habeant.
Your Lordship's obliged
And very humble Servant, JAMES BENTLEY GORDON.
REASONS ought to be given for a difference from the common mode of spelling in three or four words 'in the following History, as, without manifest expediency, innovations in language, above all in spelling, ought not to be admitted.
The letter S in isand is redundant, and erroneously adopted from isle in the French language, which however contains no such word as island. The word is originally Gothic, and without an S in the old Englith, in which we find ey, yle, and eyland, synonymous terms, as in the modern Belgic dialects, to which, of all languages, the English bears the closest affinity. So useless an innovation, as the engrafting of a dead letter from the French on an original English word, ought to be corrected.
Instead of annexation, in this book is annexion, derived from annecto, in like manner as connexion from connecto. If annexation be proper, why not also connexation?
By writing monarchal the derivation is closely observed, and the cacophony of monarchical avoided.
C HA P. II.