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Dundas, David, Sir, Bart (1749-1826) to James Dundas

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02549.47 Author/Creator: Dundas, David, Sir, Bart (1749-1826) Place Written: Richmond (London), England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 May 1791 Pagination: 4 p. ; 23 x 18.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses mutual acquaintances, including Mr. Erskine and the Duke of Roxbury, who speak highly of James and are available for recommendations. Expounds on the importance of an active life and remarks that the only people whose lives are "bearable are professional men." Uses an analogy of a schoolboy looking forward to holidays and enjoying them more because of the work in between. Notes the unhappiness of professionals who have retired from business. In an earlier letter, he had urged James to start his own legal practice (see GLC02549.48).

Background Information: Sir David Dundas, 1st Bart of Richmond, was a doctor who was appointed Sargent Surgeon to King George III in 1791.
James Dundas was a lawyer in Edinburgh, Scotland, and David's ...younger brother.See More

People: Dundas, David, Sir, Bart, 1749-1826
Dundas, James, 1752-1831

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Global History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyLetter of Introduction or RecommendationPhilosophyLawChildren and Family

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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