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Alexander Webster : [census of Scotland]

'[Letter to Boswell] Dr. Webster's informations were much less exact and much less determinate than I expected: they are, indeed, much less positive than, if he can trust his own book, which he laid before me, he is able to give'. [A footnote says] 'A manuscript account drawn by Dr. Webster of all the parishes in Scotland, ascertaining their length, breadth, number of inhabitants, and distinguishing Protestants and Roman Catholicks. This book had been transmitted to government, and Dr. Johnson saw a copy of it in Dr. Webster's possession'.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Johnson      Manuscript: Codex


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