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[Letter] 1758 February 20 Fordoun [to] Mr. John Ogilvie, Aberdeen / Jas. Beattie.

Title: [Letter] 1758 February 20 Fordoun [to] Mr. John Ogilvie, Aberdeen / Jas. Beattie.
Personal Author: Beattie, James, 1735-1803.
Date: 1758 February 20.
Extent: [1] leaf.
Abstract: Beattie thanks Ogilvie for his kind letter which he would have answered sooner had not the letter carrier crippled himself "so as not as yet [sic] to have recovered the use of his limbs." Beattie encloses a "translation of this piece of antiquity" for Ogilvie to review, asking for his judgment as both friend and critic, and explaining how his efforts are not an expression of arrogance. Beattie held the professorship of moral philosophy and logic at Marischal College from 1760, providing him with material for his Elements of Moral Science (1790-93). In addition, Beattie also composed poetry, songs, and translations of Virgil which he may be referencing here in his letter. Beattie moved in the intellectual circles of his day; his Essay on the Nature and Immutability of Truth, in Opposition to Sophistry and Scepticism (1770) debunks the skepticism expressed by philosopher David Hume, and his poem The Minstrel (1771 and 1774) was admired by Wordsworth.
Personal Subject: Beattie, James, 1735-1803--Correspondence
Ogilvie, John, 1732-1813.
Subject: Friendship
Translations into English.
Recipient: Ogilvie, John, 1732-1813.

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