Louis Dutens

thumb Louis Dutens (15 January 173023 May 1812) was a French writer born in Tours, of Protestant parents, who lived most of his life in Britain or in British service on the continent.

He went to London, where his uncle was a jeweller, and there obtained a situation as tutor in a private family. In this position he learnt mathematics, Greek, Italian, Spanish and several oriental languages. He took orders, and was appointed chaplain and secretary to the English minister at the court of Turin in October 1758. From 1760 to 1762, he was chargé d'affaires at Turin. Lord Bute, before retiring from office in 1763, procured him a pension. He again went to Turin as chargé d'affaires; and during this second mission he collected and published an edition of the works of Leibniz (''Gothofridi Guillemi Leibnitii Opera Omnia'', Geneva, 6 vols., 1768) and wrote his ''Recherches sur l'origine des découvertes attribuées aux modernes'' (1766).

On his return to England the Duke of Northumberland procured him the living of Elsdon, in Northumberland, and made Dutens overseer and senior travel companion – in effect, tutor – to his younger son during his Grand Tour. At Rome in 1769, Dutens published ''Le tocsin'' (later published in Paris as ''Appel au bon sens''), a work of Christian apologetics. He was active in civic life beyond the parish and preached the annual sermon to the Charity School of St Nicholas, Newcastle, in 1768.

In 1775, he became a member of the French Academy of Inscriptions and a fellow of the Royal Society. Dutens was for a third time chargé d'affaires at Turin. He was in Paris in 1783, and returned to London the following year. Between 1775 and 1805, he wrote his ''Memoirs of a Traveler, Now in Retirement'', which contains a wide-ranging miscellany of Dutens' life "interspersed with historical, literary, and political anecdotes relative to the principal personages of the present age". He died in London in 1812. Provided by Wikipedia

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by Dutens, Louis
Published 1789
et se trouve a Paris, chez Gattey, Libraire de S. A. S. Madame la Ducheffe D'Orl?ans, au Palais-Royal, no. 14

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by Dutens, Louis
Published 1779
Chez William Faden, charing-cross, & P. Elmsley, Strand

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by Dutens, Louis
Published 1794
chez M. Edwards, Pall Mall

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by Dutens, Louis
Published 1795
chez Messieurs Edwards, Pall Mall

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by Dutens, Louis
Published 1777

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by Dutens, Louis
Published 1800
chez A. Dulau et Co. Soho Square

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by Dutens, Louis
Published 1789
printed at the Logographic Press, and sold by J. Walter; C. Stalker; and W. Richardson

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by Dutens, Louis
Published 1791
chez J. Walter

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by Dutens, Louis
Published 1777

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by Dutens, Louis
Published 1800

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by Dutens, Louis
Published 1800
printed for John Hatchard, Bookseller To Her Majesty, NO. 173, Piccadilly, 1800 Printed by J. Bateson, Denmark Street, Soho

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by Dutens, Louis
Published 1798
printed for T. Cadell jun. and W. Davies, Strand; and Bull and Co. at Bath

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by Dutens, Louis
Published 1777
[chez Paul Elsmly [sic]

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by Dutens, Louis
Published 1797
de l'imprimerie de W. & C. Spilsbury, Snow-Hill. Se vend chez P. Elmsley, Strand; T. Payne, Mews Gate; J. Edwards, Pall-Mall; J. Robson, New Bond-Street; et J. De Boffe, Gerard-Street, Soho

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by Dutens, Louis
Published 1773
chez John Thane, Gerard-Street, Soho