Excerpt from The Scottish Chiefs, Vol. 1 of 3: A Romance
It is the fashion to corremn even an honest in ancestry. But where is the Englishman who is not proud of bein the countryman of Nelson 1 Where the British sai or that does not thirst to emulate his fame 1 If this sentiment be right, respect for noble progenitors cannot be wrong for it proceeds from the same source: the principle 0 kindred, of inheritance, and of virtue. Let the long race of Douglas, or the descendants of Percy, say, if the name t ey bear is not a mirror to show them what they ought to be, and as a burningglasa to kindle in their hearts the ﬂame of their fat rs? Happy is it for this realm that the lame destiny which now unites the once conte arms of these two brave families, has also consolid their rival nations into one; and by lanting' the heir of Plantagenet and of Bruce upon t British throne; hathredeemed thepeaceofthe land, and fixedit on lasting foundations.
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