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On Emigration and the State of the Highlands
Appendix S.

See First Report to the Highland Society, on immigration.

It may easily be supposed, that of those who make the fatal experiment the few among the survivors who are capable of relating the fatal tale, find it impossible to warn their friends at home of the discovery they make, while surrounded by none but those whose interests it is to keep up the delusion. There is an anecdote for the truth of which the committee cannot pledge themselves, but which is generally believed in that part of the Country where it is said to have happened, which is very applicable to this point. It is related of a sagacious Highlander who had emigrated that being desirous to warn his friends of their danger, and yet aware of the impossibility of doing it in plain language, the consequence of which would only have been the detention of his letter, he wrote a letter glossing over the hardships of his Voyage, and advising his friends to follow him, but with one caution, that they should persuade his uncle James to accompany them, without which he would not recommend the measure. His friends who received this letter knew that his Uncle James had been dead before he left home, and understood perfectly his hint against undertaking such a voyage.

It may not be amiss to compare this passage with the opinion of a clergyman resident in the centre of the Highlands. I am persuaded there is not a family, hardly an individual who has not a father, brother, sister, cousin, or kinsman, in America, with whom they keep up a regular correspondance.

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