Dawes, Manasseh (DNB00)
DAWES, MANASSEH (d. 1829), miscellaneous writer, was a barrister of the Inner Temple. He left the bar and lived 'in a very retired manner' at Clifford's Inn for the last thirty-six years of his life. He died 2 April 1829. His chief works are:
- 'Letter to Lord Chatham on American Affairs,' 1777 (in the title-page he describes himself as author of 'several anonymous pieces').
- 'Essay on Intellectual Liberty,' 1780 (criticises Bentham's 'Fragment').
- 'Philosophical Considerations ' (upon the controversy between Priestley and Price), 1780.
- 'Nature and Extent of Supreme Power' (upon Locke's 'Social Compact'), 1783.
- 'England's Alarm, or the prevailing Doctrine of Libels,' 1785.
- 'Deformity of the Doctrine of Libels,' 1785 (these two refer to the Shipley case).
- 'Introduction to a Knowledge of the Law on Real Estates,' 1814.
- 'Epitome of the Law of Landed Property,' 1818.
He also edited (1784) a posthumous poem by John Stuckey on 'The Vanity of all Human Knowledge,' with a dedication to Priestley. Dawes took the whig side in regard to the American war and the law of libels; but defended Blackstone against Bentham, had doubts as to abolishing tests, and held that philosophical truth was beyond the reach of all men, as it was clearly beyond his own.
[Gent. Mag. 1829, i. 77, 8.]