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Memoirs of Great Britain and Ireland; from…

Memoirs of Great Britain and Ireland; from the dissolution of the last… (original 1771; edition 1790)

by Sir John Dalrymple (Author)

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Title:Memoirs of Great Britain and Ireland; from the dissolution of the last Parliament of Charles II. till the capture of the French and Spanish fleets at Vigo. A new ed. with the appendixes complete: consisting chiefly of letters from the French ambassadors in England to their court; and from Charles II., James II., King William, and Queen Mary, and the ministers and generals of those princes. Taken from the Depôt des affaires etrangeres at Versailles, and King William's private cabinet at Kensington
Authors:Sir John Dalrymple (Author)
Info:[S.l.] : [s.n.], 1790.
Collections:Library at 2 Palace Green

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Memoirs of Great Britain and Ireland from the dissolution of the last Parliament of Charles II until the sea-battle off La Hogue by Sir John Dalrymple (1771)


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I mentioned Sir John Dalrymple's 'Memoirs of Great-Britain and Ireland,' and his discoveries to the prejudice of Lord Russel and Algernon Sydney. JOHNSON. 'Why, Sir, every body who had just notions of government thought them rascals before. It is well that all mankind now see them to be rascals.' BOSWELL. 'But, Sir, may not those discoveries be true without their being rascals.' JOHNSON. : 'Consider, Sir; would any of them have been willing to have had it known that they intrigued with France ? Depend upon it, Sir, he who does what he is afraid should be known has something rotten about him. This Dalrymple seems to be an honest fellow; for he tells equally what makes against both sides. But nothing can be poorer than his mode of writing: it is the mere bouncing of a school-boy. Great He! but greater She! and such stuff.'

I could not agree with him in this criticism; for though Sir John Dalrymple's style is not regularly formed in any respect, and one cannot help smiling sometimes at his affected grandiloquence, there is in his writing a pointed vivacity, and much of a gentlemanly spirit.

--James Boswell, in Life of Johnson
  JamesBoswell | Sep 14, 2010 |
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