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Collection Reference Number GLC02549.17
From Archive Folder David and Isabella Dundas letters 
Title David Dundas to James Dundas on elections, opera and other theatrical entertainment
Date 24 May 1781
Author Dundas, David, Sir, Bart (1749-1826)  
Recipient Dundas, James  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Mentions the marriage of D. Erskine and the parliamentary elections. Describes his first visit to the opera, which he detested. Compares listening to songs in foreign languages (he does not understand) to "those poor bigots who say their prayers in Latin, which they know nothing at all of." Describes the performance, particularly the pantomime, which he considered an absurd spectacle.
Subjects Global History and Civics  Marriage  Election  Government and Civics  Politics  Art, Music, Theater, and Film  Literature and Language Arts  Religion  
People Dundas, David, Sir (1749-1826)  Dundas, James (1752-1831)  
Place written Richmond London, England
Theme Children & Family; Government & Politics; Arts & Literature; Religion
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Sir David Dundas, 1st Bart of Richmond, was a doctor who was appointed Sergeant Surgeon to King George III in 1791. James Dundas was a lawyer in Edinburgh, Scotland, and David's younger brother.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859