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TRAVELS

IN

I R E L A N D,

IN THE YEAR 1822,

EXHIBITING

BRIEF SKETCHES

OF

THE MORAL, PHYSICAL, AND POLITICAL STATE

OF THE COUNTRY:

WITH

REFLECTIONS ON THE BEST MEANS OF IMPROVING

ITS CONDITION.

BY THOMAS REID,
MEMBER OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS IN LONDON,

AND SURGEON IN THE ROYAL NAVY ;
AND AUTHOR OF TWO VOYAGES TO NEW SOUTH WALES

AND VAN DIEMAN'S LAND.

That country can never prosper, where what should be the ambition of men of honour, is considered as a disgrace.

For's Letter to Lord Charlemont.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR
LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN,

PATERNOSTER-ROW;
AND SOLD BY R. MILLIKEN, DUBLIN; EDWARDS AND SAVAGE,
CORK; AND S. ARCHER, BELFAST.

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but will first observe, that I value the man a thousand times more, whose mind and conduct are influenced by the pure principles of religion itself, than him who knows it only by name.

Let it not be imagined that I think creeds or forms of worship unimportant. I have endeavoured to learn something of the tenets of every form of Christian worship ; and am fully satisfied, that the Protestant is incomparably superior to every other. In its principles I was rigidly educated, and my attachment to it can only terminate with existence. In the same principles, many gener. ations of my ancestors were brought up.

Having explained thus much, I may be permitted to say a few words relative to Orangeism, on which it is suspected, not perhaps unjustly, that I am prejudiced; if so, my prejudice has a very different direction from what is generally imagined. To that association belong some of my nearest relations, and many of my most valued friends, - – men whom I have always revered, and will for ever love. Youthful impressions and the bias of education are not easily removed; the ties of nature and friendship draw me closely

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