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I R E L A N D,
IN THE YEAR 1822,
THE MORAL, PHYSICAL, AND POLITICAL STATE
OF THE COUNTRY:
REFLECTIONS ON THE BEST MEANS OF IMPROVING
BY THOMAS REID,
AND SURGEON IN THE ROYAL NAVY ;
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.
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