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STAT IS TIC A. L A C C O UNT
S C O T L A N D.
E D IN BU R G H :
T is now about twelve months fince I first had the honour of circulating among the Clergy of the Church of Scotland a variety of Queries, for the purpose of elucidating the Natural History and Political
State of that Country. My original idea was, to have
drawn up from their returns a general Statistical view of North Britain, without any particular reference to Parochial distrićts. But I found such merit and ability, and so many useful facts and important observations in the answers which were sent me, that I could not think of depriving the Clergy of the credit they were entitled to derive from such laborious exertions; and I was thence induced to give the Work to the Public in its present shape. so
It would have been more desirable to have had the accounts of the different Parishes arranged by Presbyteries or Counties, for the purpose of connexion, and to prevent repetition, where the circumstances of the different distrićts were nearly fimilar. But it was not to be expected that complete information respecting any one of the larger divisions of the Kingdom, could be at once obtained. It was therefore