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As this fine morsel of heroic poetry hath generally past for ancient, it is here thrown to the end of our earliest pieces ; that such as doubt of its age, may the better compare it with other pieces of genuine antiquity. For after all, there is more than rcafon to suspect, that most of its beauties ar wachandate and that our free (if not its whole exiftence) hanno friend from the pen of a lady, within the preSent century. The following particulars may be depended on.

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to the late Sir Peter Halket of Pitferran in Scotland, who
was killed in America, along with general Bradock in
1755) pretended me. had found this poem, written on shreds
of paper, employed for what is calied the bottoms of clues.

A suspicion arose that it was her own composition. Some
able judges asserted it to be modern. The lady did in a man-
ner acknowledge it to be fo. Being desired to her an ad-

ditional
"Gher's nae laf beginning with " Vouch and formity, &c. which

were
light," not in the copy that was first printed. The late Lord Pre-

fident Forbes, and Sir Gilbert Elliot of Minto (late Lord
Justice Clerk for Scotland) who had believed it ancient,
contributed to the expence of publishing the first Edition,

Lukisamom in folio shoogoor 1789-This account
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is transmitted from Scotland by fogen tweede lifting styfood I was

rank, torrnings and genits who yet Hof opinion, that part of
the ballad may be ancient; but retouched and much enlarged

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that the late William Thompson, the Scottish musician, who
published, the ORPHEUS CALEDONIUS, 1733, 2 vols,

svo.declinesh he had him Fragmalaki
of irrepenhed, this in fancy,
Wr Wandlow's Copy was head

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