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qualifications in a poet. What a pity it is, that Mr. Shaw has not condescended to favour us with this pretty smooth piece of compo. fition; and thereby prove himself to be as great a favourite of the Muses, as he tells us he is a lover of truth! But there was no great occasion for producing the poem. Mr. Shaw assures us, it is good ; and he is a gentleman of too much konour and veracity, to suspect that' his word would be called in question. , Had Milton , Dryden,' Pope, and the rest of those foolish poets, taken the same précaution, and given us their words, in place of their WORKS, for their being good poets ; it might have saved their me. mories from those censures, which have someti. mes been pronounced against them.
“I have in my possession a sinall collection "of Galic poems, which I have been preparing, "( for I also was about to be a translator!) I “have made up a sort of a poem of some length, “from these few stanzas, entirely different from “Mr. Smith's, only that we both retain the fa. sme Dargo as our mutual hero. If fale could "be exfpected for them, I should find it no "difficult matter, in my notes, to give speci. "mens of the original, and I am sure, I would
(avoid giving those I received from the people,
and from one another, as, perhaps, the fermons would be, which he and I might write “upon one text." P. 47, 48.
"Mr. Shaw proclaiins himself a firm friend to truth, through the whole of his pamphlet; and tells us repeatedly, that "he would defpise him. "self, were he capable of supporting an untruth.” Yet we fee, from the above passage, that want of sale for his works was the only thing, that prevented him from publishing what he calls forge: ries. I heartily agree with Mr. Shaw, that Mr. Smith's translation of Dargo and his would be very different poems.
“Had I been ignorant of the Galic, less cre. “dit might be exspected to my narration of facts ;
"but having written a graminatical Analysis
and a Dictionary of it, it may be readily be"lieved, I should rejoice to hive it in my pow. "er to produce the originals of these poems "to the public, as the Dictionary and Grammar "might, perhaps, be sought after, to help the i "curious in forming some opinion of the ori. "ginal. Thus it would be my interest, to "support the authenticity, did I think it hon- . sest.” P. 53.
· Why should more credit be given to a Highlander's narration of facts, than that of any other person? I believe I have as inuch of the amor patrice as Mr. Shaw; yet I would not prefume to say, that another man was not to be credited as soon as a Highlander. Through al'most every page of his pamphlet, he is con
stantly cautioning the reader, not to believe a Highlander, even upon oath; – and produces instances, where even clergymen' offered to de. pone to a lie: yet here we see him člaining credit to his assertions, merely from his being a Highlander. As to the facrifice of interest, said here to have been made to truth, it is, like the rest, without any foundation. Mr. Shaw fold the property of his Grammar, a few
(), l . months
months after its first publication, and had no farther concern with the sale. : Mr. Jameson, the proprietor , published a second edition at four shillings, after Mr. Shaw had taken in as many subscribers as he could, at 10 s. 6d. — If he exspected sale for the Dictionary, it must have been in England; as he knew, it could hot sell, where the language was understood.
We have seen, in every, instance where Mr. Shaw appeals to facts, he has been, on the moft unquestionable evidence, completely con. viêted as an impostor and a violator of truth. But there is still another evidence, which we mean to adduce, whose testimony will not probably be taken on any other subject, but on that under consideration. This evidence is Mr. Shaw himself, whom we shall now call to the bar of the public.
SHAW contra SHAW. Extraits from Mr. Extraéts from. Mr. - Shaw's. Analyfis. Shaw's Inquiry.
An inundation of Barba- In the mean time I did not rians from the northern parts forget MSS. – Since I could over-whelmed the European not find the poems in the continent. Letters, as af- mouths of the people, I con. frighted, fled to the Hebri- cluded, if they exfifted at des and Ireland, for an asy. all, that Mr. Mac herson luin, where they flourished must have found then in for foine ceñturies. P. vi. MSS.. but as I knew, the
Earse was never written, I began to despair, and to
doubt. P. 58. There are not, however, By many it has been faid, wanting, at this day, proofs that the similies of Oflian are sufficient to Chew, the Gael taken from so remote a pewere once a very consider- riod of society, as to be a able people. As late as the strong proof of the antiquiRoman invalion, all that ty of the poein. I grant, part of Britain, north of the fimilies in general are the Tweed and Solway Frith, froin nature. And why? Bewith several counties of cause the country described South Britain, and all Íre- as the scene of action at land, with the adjacent if- this day, and its inhabitants, lands, was inhabited by the are in some degree but einerGael. P. vii.
ging from a state of nature. P. 29.