David Lester Richardson

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

He became the first Principal thrice : of Hindu College, later of Krishnagarh College (not its collegiate school), and still later of Hindu Metropolitan College.

Shibnath Shastri wrote:


Masonic life[edit]

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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