London Times of Thursday, October 22, 1846

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You will remember also that, when in Scotland last year, I sent you a description of the clearing out of the population from a glen called Glen Calvie, in Rossshire. The publication of that case of cold blooded cruelty excited universal disgust and reprobation. The proprietor, Major Robertson, of Kindeace, has at length let the glen, and an adjoining district, to a sheep farmer named Munro. "The principle," however, of "weeding out" the people has not yet been abandoned, but is more cautiously pursued. It is dangerous to turn out 20 families at once; it acquires an awkward publicity, and the shame attaches where it ought. Now, however, the proprietor has hit upon a novel expedient of carrying out "the principle" of extermination, whilst he hopes to escape both the publicity and the shame. He has contrived a covenant in the lease of the farm to Mr. Munro, with a special clause in it, binding him "to turn away two families every year, until the complement of cottars is extirpated." I have taken the pains to ascertain the accuracy of both these instances of the way the people of the Highlands are "encouraged" before I have thought fit to make them public.