A Romance of Lake Wakatipu
Note 22.—A Character Not Always Deserved
Note 22.—A Character Not Always Deserved.
Lord Mahon, in his history of England, Vol. iii., p. 314, writes: "The Scots have often been reproached with a spirit of sordid gain. The truth is—and should it not be a matter of praise?—that by their intelligence, their industry, their superior education, they will always, in whatever country, be singled out for employment, and rise high in the social scale; but when a contest lies between selfish security or advancement on one side and generous impulse or deep-rooted conviction on the other—when danger and conscience beckon onward and prudence alone calls back—let all history declare whether, in any age or in any cause, as followers of Knox or of Montrose, as Cameronians or Jacobites, the men—aye, and the women—of Scotland have quailed from any degree of sacrifice and suffering."