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Henry Dundas


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Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield : Letters to his Son

'I remember when the [italics] Literary Property [end italics] of those letters [Lord Chesterfield's to his son] was contested in the Court of Session in Scotland, and Mr Henry Dundas, one of the counsel read this character [of the 'respectable Hottentot'], as an exhibition of Johnson, Sir David Dalrymple, Lord Hailes, one of the Judges, maintained with some warmth, that it was not intended as a portrait of Johnson, but of a late noble Lord, distinguished for abstruse science'.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Henry Dundas      Print: Book


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