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MARY SPENCER

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MY CABINET

THE

CHRISTIAN LADY'S MAGAZINE.

JULY, 1844.

THE TOUCHSTONE OF HISTORY.

CHAPTER XIII.

IF a corner of the world were to be pointed out, concerning which the least is known by our youthful readers of general history, and that little the most vague, the least consistent, of all national histories, would not the corner so selected be Ireland ? Until within the present half century, Ireland possessed much of the independence of a separate nation; annexed, indeed, to the English crown, and to a great extent occupied by families of English birth or descent: and still she exhibits in ber history, in her character, and in the language and position of her own people, amounting to some millions, all the main peculiarities of that independence; while her scenic features everywhere bear testimony to an antiquity that may vie with some of the oldest kingJULY, 1844.

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