MACPHERSON (JAMES) Autograph letter signed ("James Macpherson"), to Lord Macartney, 1781
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MACPHERSON (JAMES) Autograph letter signed ("James Macpherson"), to Lord Macartney, 1781
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MACPHERSON (JAMES)
Autograph letter signed ("James Macpherson"), to Lord Macartney, recommending to his notice Samuel Johnston who seeks employment as a writer on the establishment of Fort St George ("...He is married to a most amiable young Lady, a woman of the first quality, who follows, with alacrity, the humble fortunes of a husband, she loves. He is the brother of Mr Johnston, member for the County of Kirkcudbright, one of our best knot of friends, who are resolved to support the interests of your Lordship..."), one page, integral blank, contemporary docket with additional identification, 4to, 14 February 1781

Footnotes

  • MACPHERSON IN FAVOUR OF A SAMUEL JOHNSTON. The author-translator of Ossian was at this time serving as an MP and agent to his kinsman John Macpherson, afterwards Governor-General of Bengal. Lord Macartney had just been appointed Governor of Madras, and was to sail for India on 21st February. The Samuel Johnston recommended in the letter was, as per Macpherson's request, employed by the East India Company in Madras between 1780 and 1795, where he was responsible for advancing loans to the Nawab of Arcot, who had employed John Macpherson as his London agent (see India Office Select Material, BL MSS Eur C242).
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