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Eneas Sweetland Dallas 1828 - 1879

December 23, 2009

The TimesEneas Sweetland Dallas 1828 - 1879 was a Scottish journalist and author.

Eneas Sweetland Dallas was a student of Sir William Hamilton 9th Baronet (1788-1856), who spoke out strongly in defense of Alfred Crosby Pope in 1852,

E S Dallas was a patient of John Rutherford Russell (John James Drysdale, Robert Ellis Dudgeon, Richard Hughes (Eds.), The British Journal of Homeopathy, ( Henry Turner, and across the British Isles and the Americas, 1867). Page 253). E S Dallas was the elder son of John Dallas of Jamaica, a planter of Scottish parentage, and his wife Elizabeth (née Baillie), the daughter of the Rev. Angus McIntosh of Tain and sister of Rev. Caldor McIntosh.

He was born in the island of Jamaica in 1828 and was brought to England when four years of age. He was educated at the Edinburgh University, where he studied philosophy under William Hamilton, and acquired the habit of applying notions derived from eclectic psychology to the analysis of aesthetic effects in poetry, rhetoric, and the fine arts.

His first publication in which he proved his mastery of this line of investigation was entitled Poetics, an Essay on Poetry, a work which he produced in 1852, when he had taken up his residence in London. His abilities were destined, however, to be absorbed chiefly in anonymous journalism.

He first made his mark in London by sending an article to The Times, a critique which by its vigour and profundity secured immediate attention.

For many years afterwards he was on John Thadeus Delane’s brilliant staff. Neither biography, politics, literary criticism, nor any other subject came amiss to his comprehensive intellect. Few men wrote more careful, graceful English, a merit well worth recording.

E.S. Dallas also contributed to the Daily News, the Saturday Review (London), the Pall Mall Gazette, and the World, and for some time in 1868 edited Once a Week.

In 1866 he produced two volumes of a projected four volume work named The Gay Science, a title borrowed from Provençal troubadours. It was an attempt to discover the source in the constitution of the human mind of the pleasure afforded by poetry. The subject was, however, too abstruse for the general reader, and the book did not meet with the attention which it deserved.

He acted as a special correspondent for The Times at the Paris exhibition of 1867, and again sent interesting letters to The Times from Paris during the siege of 1870.

In 1868 he edited an abridgment of Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa. Afterwards he wrote a treatise on gastronomy, based on the famous work of Brillat Savarin; to it he attached the pseudonym of A. Kettner, and the title was Kettner’s Book of the Table, a Manual of Cookery, 1877.

More recently he was engaged on a new edition of Francois de La Rochefoucauld’s Maxims, and he wrote an elaborate article on that work, which was unpublished at the time of his death.

In December 1853 he married, according to Scottish law, the well known actress Miss Isabella Glyn (then the widow of Edward Wills), and on 12 July 1855 he was again married to her at St George’s, Hanover Square. A separation followed not long after, and the marriage was dissolved in the divorce court on the wife’s petition, 10 May 1874.

E S Dallas died at 88 Newman Street, north of Oxford Street, London, 17 January 1879, and was buried at Kensal Green on 24 January.