This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1813 Excerpt: ... DESCRIPTION IRELAND AND THE IRISH, A. D. 1619. BY tVILLIAMLITHGOW. AUGUST 22, 1619, I arrived at Dublin, in Ireland.--After a general survey of that kingdom, from the first of September till the last of February, I found the goodness of the soil, more than answerable to my expectation, the defect only remaining (not speaking of our colonies) in the people, and from them, in the bosom of two graceless sisters, ignorance and sluggishness. This kingdom is divided into four provinces, although some make another, that is, East and West Meath, but they are understood to be annexed to Leinster; the soil is nothing inferior, if seasonably manured, to the best grounds in England. The island lieth almost in a rotundo, being every way spacious; the greatest river whereof is Shannon, whose course amounteth to eight score miles, inclosing within it many little isles. And this I dare avow, there are more rivers, lakes, brooks, strands, quagmires, bogs, marshes, in this country, than in all Christendom besides; considering that in five months space, I quite spoiled six horses, and myself as tired as the worst of them. It was my fortune in the county of Donnegal, to be jovial with a bishop at his table, where, after divers discourses, my ghostly father grew offended with me, for terming his wife mistress; which, when understood, I both called her madam and lady bishop: whereupon he grew more incensed, and I left him. The Turk and the Irishman are the least industrious, and most sluggish livers under the sun; for the vulgar Irish, I protest, live more miserably than the undaunted or untamed Arabian, the idolatrous Turcoman, or the moon-worshipping Caramans; showing thereby a greater necessity they have to live, than any pleasure they have, or can have in their living. Their...
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