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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02549.31 Author/Creator: Dundas, David, Sir, Bart (1749-1826) Place Written: Richmond (London), England Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 April 1787 Pagination: 3 p. ; 22.5 x 18.5 cm.

Asks for correspondence and news about their father's health. Makes a very cryptic comment: "I think the Young Ladies should erect a Pillar in honor of Dr Willis...He has at last out generalled the London Doctors. but as it is a delicate subject to touch upon. I should say no more of it at present only that I am at this moment from some fortuitous circumstances placed in one of the most singular situations ever Man was. & which some Thirty or Forty years hence you & I may talk over." Comments on a letter from George and an exhibition he did not care for.

The statement regarding "Dr Willis' is a reference to Dr. Francis Willis, who treated King George III during his first bout of madness (now believed to have been caused by porphyria).

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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