Excerpt from Select Reviews of Literature, and Spirit of Foreign Magazines, 1812, Vol. 7
It would be easy, in like manner, to show, that the politeness by which the higher ranks are distinguished, arises almost en tirely from their possessing, though no doubt in a higher degree, those very advantages which seem in earlier times to have be longed to the whole community-abe self-estimation produced by the consciousness of being on a level with what is highest in society - the variety of occupation which enriches and enlivens the faculties - the leisure which enables, and indeed compels them to seek amusement in society-their dependance upon the esteem of their associates for all that is left them to desire - and the impossibility of obtaining, by the help of law or public an: thority, those objects that are most essential to their happiness. But it is more to the purpose to apply all this to the character of our Highlanders.
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