Letter signed by Hugh Blair, March 1763, referring to Macpherson
Scope and Contents
There is a transcript of the 2pp letter. The leaves of the original are detached, one supported on board. Dated Edinburgh 17 March 1763.
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Biographical / Historical
Blair's publishers were Thomas Becket or Beckett and Peter Abraham De Hondt
James Macpherson was a Scottish writer, poet, literary collector and politician, known as the 'translator' of the Ossian cycle of poems. He was born on 27 October 1736. Blair had arranged the publication of Macpherson's Fragments of ancient poetry, collected in the Highlands of Scotland in 1760, and it was Macpherson's Fingal of 1761 that prompted Blair to deliver the lectures that he expanded into A critical dissertation on the poems of Ossian, the son of Fingal published by Becket and De Hondt in London. The same publisher brought out Macpherson's second and final Ossianic epic Temora.
James Macpherson died 17 February 1796.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Letter of Hugh Blair, 1763, regarding James Macpherson's 'Temora'