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OCTOBER, 1828.

ART. I.-1. Researches into the Origin and Affinity of the principal Languages of Asia and Europe. By Lieutenant Colonel Vans Kennedy. 4to. pp. 324. London: Longman and Co. 1828.

2. Thoughts on the Origin and Descent of the Gael. By James Grant, Esq. of Corrimony. 8vo. pp. 456. London: T. and J. Underwood. 1828.

Ir the early history of mankind could be recovered from the darkness in which it is almost every where hidden, it would be found to be principally the history of so many migrations. When the plain or valley which was the home of the first of the world's families began to grow too narrow for the increasing members of its inhabitants, it was just as natural and as necessary that the pent up population should overflow its boundaries, and spread itself over the neighbouring parts, as that the waters which have long been accumulating in some subterraneous cavity should at last burst their barriers, and gush forth in a free stream from the side of the rock or the mountain. The same law that distributes over the earth the refreshing and fertilizing element from which 'herb, tree, fruit, and flower,' derive their nourishment, has also carried abroad over what was once but an untrodden and voiceless desert, those ever-spreading rivers of population, to which it is not less indebted for the cultured loveliness which we now discern smiling throughout so many of its regions. The fountain in both cases has risen, and over-topped or broken down its detainments; and the eruption, however violent and seemingly unnatural at first, has eventually quenched the thirst of the parched soil, and caused a fairer and better creation to spring forth wherever it has sent its influences.

But destitute as were the wandering barbarians by whom the seeds of nations were thus sown over the earth, of any means of recording their actions and adventures, and unfavourable as was their unsettled life even to the growth of that oral tradition

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