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THE SHORES OF LOCH NESS.

��shaded with birch and covered with fern or heath. On the right the limpid waters of Loch Ness were beating their bank and waving their surface by a gentle agitation." In one part of the way, adds Johnson, " we had trees on both sides for perhaps half a mile. Such a length of shade, perhaps, Scotland cannot show in any other place." Boswell, though he thought Fleet Street more delightful than Tempe, nevertheless felt the cheering powers of this delightful day. " The scene" he found " as sequestered and agreeably wild

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��as could be desired." Pennant, who had been there four years earlier, describes the scenery as " most romantic and beautiful." Wesley thought the neighbourhood of Inverness one of the pleasantest countries he had ever seen. 2 In striking contrast with the enjoyment of these four travellers are the feelings of those who a few years before had seen the spot when the alarms of war were still fresh. "On each side of Loch Ness," writes Ray, "is a ridge of most terrible barren woody mountains. You travel along the banks through a road made by blowing up monstrous rocks, which

��1 Pennant's Tour in Scotland, i. 196.

��2 Wesley's Journal, iv. 27$.

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