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JIn execution of the bufinefs afligned it, your Com-
mittee conceived it to be foreign to its duty to enter
into any elaborate argument or difcuffion on the au-
thenticity of thofe poems, or to examine, with cri-
tical or historical labour, the opinions of different
writers who have made this matter a fubject of con-
troverfy. It conceived the purpofe of its nomination
to be, to employ the influence of the Society, and
the extenfive communication which it pofiefles with
every part of the Highlands, in collecting what ma-
terials or information it was ftlll practicable to col-
lect, regarding the authenticity and nature of the
poems afcribed to Oflian, and particularly of that
celebrated collection published by Mr James Mac-
A For

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