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656-664) the people grew so numerous that for the first time the use of fences became general. C. , Ireland should have been behindhand in this respect at that time and subsequently. Besides all that has been said, there is another most important observation to be made. It seems inconceivable that such a complete, close, and symmetrical network of laws and institutions as will be found described in the fol- lowing pages, embracing every member of the community, from the highest to the lowest, could have grown up and * Boate, Nat.

Then there was a — good deal of commerce with Britain and with Continental CHAP. A PRELIMINARY BIRD'S-EYE VIEW Il] countries, especially France ; 35 and the home commodities, were exchanged for wine, and other goods not produced in Ireland. From what has been said here, we may see that the ancient Irish were as well advanced in civilisation, as orderly, and as regular, as the people of those other European countries of the same period that like Ireland had and it will be shown farther a proper settled government on in this book that they were famed throughout all Europe for Religion and Learning.

74 to 79 below). Tacitus, writing in the end of the first century, states that much intercourse between there was difference little manners, and customs : find that the British Irish writers are between them in disposition, and, as corroborating this, customs incidentally noticed we by found to be generally identical with those of the Irish themselves. Here it may be proper to remark that many ancient Gaelic customs that have died out, or are only faintly remembered, in Ireland, are still preserved, with most of their antique features, in the Islands land, of which several examples will and Highlands of Scot- be given in this book, from Martin, Pennant, Scott, Carmichael, and other delineators of Scottish manners.

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