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" I believe they never existed in any other form than that which we have seen. The editor, or author, never could shew the original; nor can it be shewn by any other; to revenge reasonable incredulity, by refusing evidence, is a degree of insolence, with... "
The poems of Ossian, in the orig. Gaelic, with a tr. into Lat. by R ... - Page 303
by Ossian - 1807
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Deception and Detection in Eighteenth-century Britain

John T. Lynch - Literary Criticism - 2008 - 218 pages
...Western Islands is well known: "The editor, or author, never could shew the original," he complained. "To revenge reasonable incredulity, by refusing evidence,...insolence, with which the world is not yet acquainted." Thus his insistence that "It would be easy to shew it if he had it."51 As he said to Boswell, "Let...
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