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Letter from Sir David Dalrymple, 1764

1764, Document, Letter
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Letter from Sir David Dalrymple, 1764
Letter from Sir David Dalrymple, 1764
Letter from Sir David Dalrymple, 1764
Letter from Sir David Dalrymple, 1764
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50991
Letter from Sir David Dalrymple, later Lord Hailes to Horace Walpole, 1764
One letter from Sir David Dalrymple, later Lord Hailes and 3rd Baronet of Hailes, to Horace Walpole. The letter accompanies a handwritten transcription by Dalrymple of a letter by Charles II to his minister in Edinburgh while on exile in France. The letter from Dalrymple to Horace Walpole is largely about his unsuccessful attempts to gain access to a "Catalogue of Smith's works", apparently in the possession of Lord Haddington. Walpole is identified as the recipient by reference made to his"Strawberry Hill editions" and his "Anecdotes of Painting" (one of Walpole's works, Anecdotes of Painting in England, 1762). He goes on to give an update about other historians' research; "Doctor Robertson tells me that Mr David Hume has got sight of James [II's[ journal..."I am informed by Lord Napier [there is] a large collection of papers which belonged to a Mr Brisbane who acted as an agent in France during the reign of Charles [II]. It is possible that they may contain some curious particulars for I have seen evidence of him being in a confidence of some of King Charles ministers. As I have mentioned King Charles it reminds me of transcribing a letter of his which I found lately in Advocates Library in a neglected MSS collection. I think it may deserve a place in some future volume of original letters.".
1764
Document; Letter
Museum of Edinburgh
HH5758/95