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The Perreaus and Mrs. RuddForgery and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century London$
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Donna Andrew

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520220621

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520220621.001.0001

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(p.279) Epilogue
The Perreaus and Mrs. Rudd

Donna T. Andrew

Randall McGowen

University of California Press

This section discusses the fate of the central characters in the story of the famous forgery who survived for several decades, after the protagonists faded from public view. It notes that whether or not justice had been done, the price had been paid, the Perreaus executed, Mrs. Rudd released, and the case closed. It reports that Mrs. Rudd re-emerged briefly as a failed essayist and novel-writer in the late 1780s; and had another glimpse of her through the eyes and pen of her last known and perhaps most famous lover, James Boswell. It explains why Mrs. Rudd encouraged James Boswell's attentions, who had neither the will nor the means to keep her in any style at all. It also considers Horace Walpole's evaluation of Mrs. Rudd's public impact.

Keywords:   forgery, justice, Perreaus, Mrs. Rudd, essayist, James Boswell, lover, Horace Walpole's evaluation, public impact

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