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and by law it was asserted, this was
not sufficient reason.'
- and it was afferted, that, by law, this was.
- he was determined to en. in a war with that kinggage England into a rupture dom. with that kingdom.
&c. &c. &c.
Again-CHAP. I. of Vol I. CHAP. I. of Vol. I. present
4to. and of Vol. I. 8vo. or editions.
to men born.
and that the adventures of barbarous nations, even if they were preserved, could af. ford little or no entertainment to those born in a more culti
Little or nc, is an inelegant expression ; but he has retained it,
- and being ignorant of all and as they were igno. the refinements of life, their rant. wants and their possessions were equally fcanty and limited.
was their arms and cattle,
- whose fole property was their sword and their cattle, it was impoffible, after they had acquired a relish of liberty.
We say the relish of a man for a thing.
- it was agitated with emu. - agitated with jealousy or lation towards the neighbour- animosity. ing ftates.
- they (the Druids) were endowed with an immunity.
they enjoyed an immunity.
these treasures they pre. - they kept-and this steady ferved-and this continued conqueft. conquest over.
-Without seeking any more — by the late Europeans in justifiable reasons of hoftility subjugating. than were employed by the latter Europeans in subjugating the Africans and Americans,
This correction is as faulty as the original error.
We do not pierce into a forest, and still less into an inaccefisk one : but we may penetrate into forests, hitherto reckoned inace ceflible.
reduced every thing to .
- every ftate to subje&ion.
- fixed a chain of garrisons.
and liaving fixed a train of garrifons - he thereby cut off the ruder and more barren parts of the island, and secured the Roman province from the incursions of the barbarous inhabitants.
Mr. Hume should have corrected this passage still farther, and said—“he thereby separated the Roman province from the more barren parts of the island, and secured it from,” &c.
- (the same.)
taught them to defire and raise all the conveniencies of life.
We may defire, but we never raise the conveniencies of life.
- (the same.)
Calédonia alone, defend.' ed by its barren mountains, and by the contempt which the Romans entertained for it, sometimes infested the more cultivated parts.
He should have faid_“ The inhabitants of Caledonia," &c.
- and during all the reigns of the Roman emperors.
- and during the reigns of all the Roman emperors.
and the ancient point of honour, never to conhonour, of never contracting tract. the limits of the empire, could Do longer,
The Picts and Scots now regarded the whole as their prize.
Of the fourteen succeeding sentences, eleven begin with 6. The.”
- had not art of masonry sufficient to raise.
It should have been—" had not sufficient skill in masonry to raife.”
- administered justice after an independent manner.
- (the fame.)
We do not fay, “adminifter justice after a manner," but ¢ in a manner.”
- the people flying into the mountains and deserts.
to the mountains and de. serts.
and when masters of it, put all their enemies to the sword.
He means; "put the garrison and inhabitants to the sword :"> but the expression he employs is too indefinite.
This is that Arthur so much celebrated by the songs of Thaliefsen.
This is that, is a most uncouth expression. It should have been, “ This is the Arthur so much celebrated,” or, “ Ar. thur has been celebrated in the songs.” Hector is celebrated in the Iliad, but not by it, but by Homer.
He should have faid- though, like a mighty torrent, they over-ran," &c. We say, “ inflamed with rage," bat not iplo a rage.”
&c. &c. &c.
We have noticed these defects in the style and structure of his sentences, because duty imposed on us the unpleasant task, and not from a wish to depreciate his labours, or fhade his reputation :for notwithstanding all its blemishes, the HISTORY OF ENGLAND is a source of useful information to the statesman, a noble monument of its author's talents, and an invaluable bequest to his country.