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BRITISH AUTHORS.

VOL. CII.

THE PIRATE BY SIR WALTER SCOTT.

IN ONE VOLUME.

THE PIRAT E.

BY

SIR WALTER SCOTT.

COPYRIGHT EDITION.

L E I P ZIG

BERNHARD TAUCHNITZ

1846.

2694.25.1.1
2695

Dubl. In Fist. (33-175) 258.280-B

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INTRODUCTION

TO

THE PIRAT E.

“Quoth be, there was a ship." This brief preface may begin like the tale of the Ancient Mariner, since it was on shipboard that the author acquired the very moderate degree of local knowledge and information, both of people and scenery, which he has endeavoured to embody in the romance of the Pirate.

In the summer and autumn of 1814, the author was invited to join a party of Commissioners for the Northern Light-House Service, who proposed making a voyage round the coast of Scotland, and through its various groups of islands, chiefly for the purpose of seeing the condition of the many light-houses under their direction, - edifices so important, whether regarding them as benevolent or political institutions. Among the commissioners who manage this important public concern, the sheriff of each county of Scotland which borders on the sea, holds ex-officio a place at the Board. These gentlemen act in every respect gratuitously, but have the use of an armed yacht, well found and fitted up, when they choose to visit the light-houses. An excellent engineer, Mr. Robert Stevenson, is attached to the Board, to afford the benefit of his professional advice. The author accompanied this expedition as a guest; for Selkirkshire, though it calls him Sheriff, has not, like the kingdom of Bohemia in Corporal Trim's story, a seaport in its circuit, nor its magistrate, of course, any place at the Board of Commissioners, a circumThe Pirate.

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