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Edward Young


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Samuel Richardson : Clarissa

'The Persons who have seen [the manuscript of "Clarissa"], and whom I could not deny, are Dr Heylin, and his Lady, both excellent Judges and fond of Writings of Amusement: Miss Cheyne, Daughter of my late dear Friend the Doctor; a young Lady of Taste and Reading. Mr Freke, the Surgeon, whom once I mentioned to you, and who read it with a Friend of his. Dr Young has seen a great Part of it; and Mr Cibber Senior, having heard of it, and liking "Pamela", was very desirous to see it; and I being put in hope, that he would not spare it, was desirous he should'.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Edward Young      Manuscript: Unknown, early MS version


David Hartley : Observations on Man

'Dr Young once told me, that Dr Hartley's Two Volumes on Man were the Most Original of any thing he had seen published of many years. He praised them; but owned, that one of them was abstruse'.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Dr (Edward?) Young      Print: Book


Samuel Johnson : Rambler, The

'I have seen some volumes of Dr Young's copy of "The Rambler", in which he has marked the pasages which he thought particularly excellent, by folding down a corner of the page; and such as he rated in a super-eminent degree, are marked by double folds'.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Edward Young      Print: Book, Serial / periodical


Hartley : 

Edward Young to Samuel Richardson, 8 May 1749: 'When I was in town, I ask'd you if you had read Dr Hartley's book. You told me you had not [...] I have since read it a second time, and with great satisfaction. It is certainly a work of distinction [...] It is calculated for men of sense [...] there is no man who seriously considers himself as immortal, but will find his pleasure, if not his profit, in it.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Edward Young      Print: Book


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