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*come to his final resolution? When" we are “assured, that this is the case, and that this "Shuttlecock is confined to one party, then will "ibe the time to settle' all disputes with him. "And yet, though he is in the above aukward Kattitude, such is the effrontery of the man, s(that he will not be put to the expence of a "conscious blush ; but imagines, forsooth, he “must be thought of consequence, and claim kothe attention of the public ; because he is "noisy and infolens. ons land ? La ū with

“My first acquaintance with Mr. Shaw's character commenced fo early, as his coming "to teach a grammar - fchool in Glenurchy, “From whence he thought prudent to - decainp safter a few weeks residence: but I leave Mr.

«Shaw himfelf; to explain the caufe of this "fudden elopement.

The next fpecimen , 1 had of him, was “in a letter from my esteemed friend Mr. M'In." “tyre of Glenoe; informing me, that he was "fo inconfiderate, before he knew Mr. Slaw's "character as to give him, for a few days', “till he should return from Mull, the perufal "of a collection of vocables', which he conipit(f) 3


ed for an intended Gaelic di&tionary, and

'which Mr. Shaw was bound in honour to reç'turn on his coming back from Mull; but that "he sent only such as he had time to copy off. {The rest he has not yet thought proper to oʻrestore, for which Glenoe, now threatens to

prosecute him. This shameful and glaring breach of confidence, was instantly made public over the whole neighbourhood. And as the

complaint came froin a person of Glenoe's “known modesty and integrity, Mr. Shaw's cha, “ractep was immediately blasted, and marked

with the proper stigma..At that very time it "was thought prudent, as a caveut to the coin, sinunity, to send a note relative to the above, "mentioned fraud, , to the publishers, of the "Weekly Magazine. But they did not think "proper, to interfere with private characters.

“My next acquaintance with him was his Gaelic grammar and di&tionary; performances "of as despicable a nature, as ever disgraced “the press in this or any other age, and such

as are absolutely below censure, Notwithstand"ing my avowed, I had almost said, enthu“Gastic, fondness for all performances of this "fort., that have ,, the smallest spark of merit;

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,"I, with all such as know any thing of the “subject they contain, frequently lamented over “them with real contempt and pity; considering "them as downright insults to the public, and "mere catchpennies. His dictionary in particuWar is a mock upon common sense, and an in“fult upon the public : because, in place of an “Albin - Gaelic dictionary, which he had pro"mised, and was impatiently looked for, he "put off his subscribers with a pitiful , unmean“ing rap of an Irish vocabulary, favouring "rankly of the Arran dialect deeply Hibernized. "Were it necessary, I could procure numbers “of the most respectable characters in the High“lands, and all of them deeply versed in the “Gaelic language, to confirm the above asser"tion. Mr. Shaw scorns to advise; he imperious. rly commands the public, to pay no regard to "the declaration of any Școtsman, or indeed to ""the whole community of Scotsmen, should they “unitę as one man, to contradict his single tes"timony, as to any fact whatever. This is a "new, mode of argumentation, by which all "disputes will be easily settled in his favour. "And it is highly necessary for him, to take "helter under this fallacious mask.

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(62) “When Mr. Shaw's treatmenti of Glenoe “was once made public, there was an end to “his procuring any more intelligence in this "part of the world, had he seriously meant it; "because different gentlemen instantly wrote one

another an account of his charaéter, so as to kguard against his designs. And yet he would spersuade us, that the late Mr. Neill M'Leod, Sawith some others, were defirous of procuring -“intelligence for him.' Does he really imagine, meethough mankind bore so long with his inso. selence, that they are become altogether such "gulls, as to give credit to so unlikely a tale? “We may be fure, few would entrust him with --MSS. after his intention was so publiely known, -For, if he saw any thing, that refleeted the "smallest honour 'upon the country, they were *confident, he would destroy them. And I sbwould recommend to Mr. Mackenzie, to be "cautious in laying any MSS. before him for the future. Let him beware of Glenoe's fate!

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“In the preface to his Dictionary, Mr. “Shaw has the assurance, to amuse the public “with imaginary aid, he got from Mr. Archi“bald M'Artliur, minister in Mull; with a "view, no doubt, to persuade the world, that


"he was indebted, in this pitiful "chear, to per "fons well acquainted with the Gaelic language. *This story stands as follows: Mr. M'Arthur ""informed me, that he one day laid before Mr. "Shaw forne' vocables, he had collected for an Hintended Gaelic Dictionary; but that he no "sooner observed him beginning to mark down “a few words, than he immediately gathered “his papers, and locked them by, as he knew "Mr. Shaw's design, To 'that he told me, he sowas confident, he did not copy off a dozen of sówords. Mr. Shaw, we fee, can be foinetimes "thankful for small favours, though he gave *Glenoe no credit for the vocables got from "him."

"Were I in your place, I would not ho“nour him with any answer, as to the main

question : + it will be sufficient to fnew “the public, that his performance is one coni stinued train of falsehoods, and reserve your «sferious answers on that subject, for an oppo. "nent more worthy of them.

. . "I am, Sir, your , &c. To Mr. John Clark, · Bristo-Street, Edinr. DONALD MÄNICOLL.

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