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The iaft mentioned gentleman, naturally intereft-
ed in whatever related to the poetry of tlje paffions,
happening to be at Moffat, a watering place in Dum-
friesmire, then of pretty general refort, in the fum-
mer of 1759, met there with young Macpherfon,
officiating as tutor to Mr Graham, younger of Bal-
gowan (now Colonel Graham), whofe father's fa-
mily was then refident at that place. Mr Home,
in the courfe of inquiries at Mr Macpherfon about
the manners and cuftoms of the Highlands, was in-
formed that one of their favourite amufements was
to liften to the tales and compofitions of their an-
cient bards, which were mentioned by Mr Macpher-
fon as containing much pathos and poetical imagery,
and, at Mr Home's defire, he translated fome frag-
ments which his memory ferved him to recolleci:.
The beauty cf thofe fragments ftruck Mr Home
and his friends at Moffat to whom he communicat-
ed them, fo forcibly, that they prevailed on Mr
Macpherfon, who was rather averfe to the under-
taking, to publim them in a fmall volume at Edin-
burgh, of which they agreed to fuperintend the pub-
lication, and to defray its expence. To this little
volume Dr Blair wrote an introduction. Its publi-
cation attracted univerfal attention ; and the literary-
circle at Edinburgh, of which the individuals, Mr
D. Hume, Dr Robertfon, and others, have been
fince fo well known to the world, agreed to induce
its editor, by a fubfeription, to perform a tour
through the Highlands, for the purpofe of collect-
ing larger and more complete pieces of poetry which

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