David Lester Richardson

Capt David Lester Richardson (1801–1865) was a professor of English at Hindu College. He inspired the Bengali poet Michael Madhusudan Dutta.[1]

He later became principal of Hindu College and Hindu Metropolitan College.

Shibnath Shastri wrote:

He was so effective and powerful as a teacher that his students came to believe firmly that there was no poet equal to Shakespeare and that English literature was best in the world.


Masonic Life

Richardson was an active Freemason, belonging to Lodge of Industry and Perseverance № 126 in Calcutta. He is remembered for authoring one of the most beloved poems in Masonic culture, the Tyler's Toast, which is generally given at the conclusion of Masonic dinners.


  1. ^ a b Shastri, Shibnath, Ramtanu Lahiri O Tatkalin Banga Samaj, (Bengali), p 104, New Age Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

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