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Most of the following local sketches appeared originally in the Author's newspaper, the “ Inverness Courier.” It had often occurred to him that, if his brethren of the provincial press were occasionally to publish a volume of extracts from their journals, they might prove useful pioneers to writers on natural history, topography, and antiquities. Their situation frequently leads them to become the depositaries of peculiar information, worthy of being preserved in a collected shape; and, with the facilities of a printing-officehowever humble-at command, the cost and risk of publication are, in a great measure, obviated. How far the present experiment may justify such a supposition, must now be decided by the public. A better may, perhaps, be made hereafter; for (without reference to their execution), the subjects may be too strictly local to excite general interest, and the ground has certainly been trod before. The collection, however, may enable some readers (as it has done the author) to dwell once more, in imagination, on many objects of great natural beauty, interest, and magnificence; and to recall, with feelings of pleasure and gratitude, the kindness and hospitality of the people of the Highlands.