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Record 20805

Reading Experience:

'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
Date: Between 1 Jan 1774 and 31 Dec 1791
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Edinburgh
other location: Court of Session
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Henry Dundas
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 28 Apr 1742
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: lawyer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
the assembled court, judges etc
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Title: Letters to his Son
Genre: Conduct books
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 20805  
Source - Print  
  Author: James Boswell
  Editor: R.W. Chapman
  Title: Life of Johnson
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1980
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 188-9
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 188-9,, accessed: 04 December 2023

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791.



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