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‘I may perhaps have said this’: Samuel Johnson and Newhailes Library
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Abstract:

The library of Sir David Dalrymple, Lord Hailes, at Newhailes House is regularly associated with an unsubstantiated quote from Samuel Johnson who supposedly described it as ‘the most learned drawing-room in Europe’. Though the veracity of the association is never likely to be proven, this essay considers: the development of the library; Lord Hailes’s interactions with his peers; and contemporary references to his collection. How Johnson may have interpreted Lord Hailes’s character is also considered in order to judge whether there is at least a reasonable basis for the association.