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Excerpt from The History of Ireland: From the Earliest Period to the English Invasion
Many persons will no doubt feel disappointed at the style and manner in which the book has been written and edited. From the premature praises which some of his friends have bestowed upon the literary and linguistic attainments of the editor, some amongst the literary world may have been led to expect more from his pen than he has had either the time or the ability to give them. Such persons will certainly find much to condemn and criticise in the following pages. But upon this point he is not exceedingly solicitous. The book is not specially designed to please literary people. It is more designed for the purpose of conveying, in plain and simple terms, certain information about the country and usages of their ancestors, to those of the translator's own race and kindred who have not much, time to devote to the perusal of books, and whose early opportunities have not enabled them to become critics in the elegancies 'of a language which has been forced upon them by their enemies. Provided these latter understand him thoroughly, he cares little for the Opinion of the critics.
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