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Chapter 1.
Dundee, — a royal burgh, the name of a populous
parish, and the seat of a Presbytery, in 57 ' 27 33"
north latitude, and 3° 2 55 ' west longitude from
the meridian of Greenwich Observatory (in time 12'
1 1 "), — extends nearly three miles along the north
bank of the Tay, about twelve miles west from the
place where that noble river discharges its copious
waters into the German Ocean. The ground on
which the town is situated rises, by a gradual as-
cent from the side of the river, to the hill called the
Law of Dundee, — now cultivated and green to the
summit, though five hundred and twenty-five feet
above the level of the Tay. By this and the rising
grounds in the neighbourhood, the town is well
sheltered from the north, and in a great measure
from the east and west. The spacious harbour on
that account is always safe and commodious for the
numerous vessels, which are now employed in the
extensive trade of the place.
From the first glance at the appearance of the
country, this favourable situation must have been

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