Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on October 31, 2011

in Country Problems, Current Affairs, History, Other People's Money

… is from page 384 of Vol. III of the 1855 Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans edition of Thomas Babington Macaulay’s The History of England; here, Macaulay is discussing 17th-century Scottish Highlanders:

It is not strange that the haughty and warlike MacDonalds, despising peaceful industry, yet envying the fruits of that industry, should have fastened a succession of quarrels on the people of Inverness.  In the reign of Charles the Second, it had been apprehended that the town would be stormed and plundered by those rude neighbors….  Their demand was that a heavy tribute should be paid to them….


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