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The Notorious Sir John Hill


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Acknowledgments Preface Illustrations Anticipations One 1. The mountebank's road out 2. Amidst the trees in Sussex 3. Apothecary Hill, almost FRS 4. Deranged by disappointment Two 5. Three strikes in revenge 6. Man of letters 7. Puffing `Inspector Hill' Three 8. The `lion' at the Bedford 9. Riot in Ranelagh 10. Hill and the `Fame Machine' 11. Canning and Marriage Four 12. Philosophy and botany 13. Botany and Bute 14. Hill and Linnaeus Five 15. The Theatre Too 16. Annus Mirabilis 1758-59 17. The Final Blow Six 18. Knighthood and death 19. Lady Hill persists 20. Forgotten Hill Afterword: On the Trail of John Hill Dramatis Personae Appendix A Appendix B Abbreviations Bibliography

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George Rousseau is a member of the Faculty of Modern History at Oxford University and Co-Director of the Oxford University Centre for the History of Childhood.


Rousseau's study of Sir John Hill is a once-in-a-lifetime treasure; beautifully told, splendidly illustrated, and painstakingly researched. John Hill comes alive in Rousseau's hands. Every page is invigorated with the kind of richness and depth only a true scholar musters. One of the true pleasures of the book is our ability to join Rousseau on the quest to find the answer to the question that began as 'Who was Sir John Hill?' -- Beverly Schneller, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs, The University of Baltimore

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