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THE DIARY

ALEXANDER BRODIE OF BRODIE.

ABERDEEN: PRINTED BY WILLIAM BENNETT.

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EXTRACTS FROM THE EXISTING MANUSCRIPTS, AND

A REPUBLICATION OF THE VOLUME

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PREFACE.

Alexander Brodie Of Brodie, the Author of the following Diary was the representative of the ancient family of that name, in the counties of Elgin and Nairn. Upwards of a century ago, this work was brought under notice by the appearance of a small octavo volume, comprising the earliest existing portion of the Diary, from 25th of April, 1652, to 1st of February, 1654. The Editor of that volume, printed at Edinburgh in 1740, is not known. From its marked religious character, it was often surmized that passages which related to public events might have purposely been kept out. Yet the Editor is quite explicit on this point, when he informs the reader, that the MS. had fallen "very accidentally into his hands," and that in publishing it, "nothing that could be read, so as to make a full sentence is omitted." He at the same time laments that "the Journal of this excellent person should appear to the public under the disadvantage of being imperfect." In using this phrase, he evidently refers to the loss of what the Author himself mentions as his "First Diary Book," which contained the years 1650 to 1652. "I hope," (says the anonymous Editor) "whoever is possessed of it, if it still be extant, will not deny the publick so valuable a present." He seems not to have been aware of the existence of some other and later volumes. But it is clear that the Laird of Brodie himself never contemplated even the possibility that any part of his Diary should be printed; and having no such object in view for recording public events, it was chiefly for his own benefit

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