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M A Y, 1800.
Observations on a Tour through the Highlands and Part of the
Western Isles of Scotland, particularly Staffa and Icolmkill: to which are added, a Description of the Falls of the Clyde, of the Country round Moffat, and an Analysis of its Mineral Waters. By' T. Garnett, M. D. &c. Illustrated by a Map, and Fifty-two Plates, engraved in the Manner of Aquatinta, from Drawings taken on the Spot by W. H. Watts, Miniature and Landscape Painter, who accompanied the Author in his Tour. 2 Vols. 410. 21. 125. 6d. Boards. Cadell and Davies. 1800.
THERE are few roads, however beaten, which will not furnish some supply to a judicious gleaner. This secluded part of Great Britain, long known only by fame as a country wild, interesting, and picturesque, haś, within about thirty years, been visited by numerous travellers. Besides Dr. Johnson, Mr. Gilpin as a picturesque tourist, Mr. Pennant as a naturalist and antiquary, Mr. Knox as a statistical surveyor, Mr. Lettice and Capt. Newte as more general observers, Faujas de St. Fond as a mineralogist, have respectively published their remarks; while the numerous inquiries of Sir John Sinclair, from each parish, have filled almost every little lacuna, which haste, inattention, or inaccurate information, might have left unexplored, as well as supplied ininute deficiencies in points which can never be the objects of mere travellers.' A gleaning can only remain ; but the gleanings of an able inquirer will be always respectable. We indeed with that Dr. Garnett had confined himself to this departinent. His volumes, though lefs ample, would have been more interesting : his remarks would have more frequently had the recommendation of novelty. At present, we meet with many observations copied from his predecessors, whole pages transcribed from works well known; nor can the apology offered, that the transactions recorded render each spot more interesting, excuse this plagiarism, since the end might be obtained by mentioning the event, and referring to the respective authors for the circum
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