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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02549.15 Author/Creator: Dundas, David, Sir, Bart (1749-1826) Place Written: Richmond (London), England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 December 1780 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 22 x 18.5 cm.

Discusses contested parliamentary elections in the south, remarking that "from the eagerness to get into Parliament, one would think that more Patriotism prevails now than ever." Notes that there is great expectation for news from Admiral Darby and Admiral Samuel Hood, particularly "how many French Admirals are brought into Portsmouth." Discusses the potential meeting of two fleets (apparently building on earlier comments in the lost part of the letter). One of the fleets was British, which Dundas describes as "dreadfully inferior in numbers yet there are many people who...think that even with a considerable inferiority the British Spirit would prevail."

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.

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