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The Lawnmarket.] JAMES BOSWELL. I01 duchess. A daughter of Douglas of Mains, she was the widow of Archibald Duke of Douglas, who died in 1761. While on this visit, Patrick Lord Elibank, a learned and accomplished noble, addressed a letter to him, and they afterwards had various conversatkns on literary subjects, all of which are duly On one occasion he was in a large party, of which David Hume was one. A mutual friend proposed to introduce him to the historian, ?? No, sir ! ? bellowed the intolerant moralist, and turned away. Among Boswell?s friends and visitors at James?s Court were Lords Kames and Hailes, the annalist of Scotland; Drs. Robertson, Slab, and recorded in the pages of the sycophantic Boswell. Johnson was well and hospitably received by all classes in Edinburgh, where his roughness of manner and bearing were long proverbiaL ?? From all I can learn,? says Captain Topham, who visited the city in the following year, ?he repaid all their attention to him with ill-breeding; and when in the company of the ablest men in this country his whole design was to show them how little he thought of them.? Beattie, and others, the most eminent of his countrymen; but his strong predilection for London induced him to move there with his family, and in the winter of 1786 he was called to the English bar. His old house was not immediately abandoned to the plebeian population, as his successor in it was Lady Wallace, dowager of Sir Thomas Wallace of Craigie, and mother of the unfortunate Captain William Wallace of the 15th Hussars, whose involvement in the affairs of the
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