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A description of the country from the top of Eildon bill

ERRATA.
Page 19 line 23 for Kinross read Kinloss.
24 2

who also destroyed the tombs.
36 30 ezalted

exalted.
note rclics

relics.
note opiaion

opinion.
* 103

16 commedeator commendator.

Sir Walter Scott, Bart.

ABBOTSFORD.

SIR,

I knowo no one next to his Grace the Duke of Buccleugh and Queensberry, the Noble Patron of the parish, to whom I could dedicate my Description of the Abbies of Melrose and Old Melrose, with greater propriety than yourself, from whom I have ventured to solicit, and have been so fortunate as to obtain the favour, which I wanted both courage and opportunity to ask of his Grace. For, though the venerable ruin at Melrose has been long known and admired, yet you, who may be said to have lent its beauties a tongue, have certainly principally contributed to its being now more generally known, and rendered it an object of much greater interest, not only in its more immediate vicinity, but also to strangers. But the apology which may be necessary to the public for the defects of a production like this, will I hope be found in its proceeding from the pen of a man who

attempts no more than a plain description
of some of the beauties which he is from his
situation daily called on to point out, and
who ventures even on this only, after being
many times pressed to it, and having long
waited in expectation of seeing it under-
taken by some one more able to do it justice.
That your very interesting pen may be long
employed to rouse the noblest feelings of the
soul to the highest ends to lead men by
every art through the flowery mazes of
fancy to views of their supremest good, and
ever succeed in leaving them better than it
found them, is (as one who, from daily con-
templating some of the finest productions of
art mouldering into dust, and consigning the
most admirable frame in nature to-ils last
abode, must be often led to serious reflection
on those things which will survive the wreck
of time), the earnest prayer of,
SIR,

Your most devoted
and obliged humble Servant,

JOHN BOWER.

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