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Essay on the memory and character of Dorophagus, the great patriot of the North.

Author [Anon]
Title Essay on the memory and character of Dorophagus, the great patriot of the North.
Imprint [London?: s.n.]
Date of Publication [1743?]
Language English
Notes This anonymous satirical pamphlet is a savage attack on 'Dorophagus' (from the Greek for 'devourer of [financial] gifts') a.k.a. John Campbell, second Duke of Argyll and Duke of Greenwich (1680-1743). Argyll had a long military and political career, which was marked by several quarrels not just with his political enemies, but also with family and friends. As early as 1714, a contemporary who knew him personally, George Lockhart of Carnwath, wrote in his "Memorials Concerning the Affairs of Scotland" that Argyll "was not, strictly speaking, a man of sound understanding and judgement; for all his natural endowments were sullied with too much impetuosity, passion, and positiveness". This pamphlet, presumably printed after Argyll's death in October 1743, is a lot harsher in its criticism of his character. The author depicts Argyll as man without principle and motivated only by financial gain, concluding that, "upon the whole: a character more compleatly [sic] immoral never appeared in this part of the world."
Shelfmark AP.3.210.12
Reference Sources Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Acquired on 23/04/10
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