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Record Number: 20803


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'[Robert Dodsley] then told Dr Adams, that Lord Chesterfield had shewn him the letter [in which Johnson refused his patronage]. "I should have imagined (replied Dr Adams) that Lord Chesterfield would have concealed it". "Poh! (said Dodsley) do you think a letter from Johnson could hurt Lord Chesterfield? Not at all, Sir. It lay upon his table where any body might see it. He read it to me; said, 'this man has great powers', pointed out the severest passages, and observed how well they were expressed".'

Century:

1700-1799

Date:

Between 1 Feb 1755 and 28 Feb 1755

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

location in dwelling
other location: Lord Chesterfield's house

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Robert Dodsley

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1703

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

bookseller

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Samuel Johnson

Title:

[letter from Johnson to Lord Chesterfield]

Genre:

letter

Form of Text:

Manuscript: Letter

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

read in situ


Source Information:

Record ID:

20803

Source:

Print

Author:

James Boswell

Editor:

R.W. Chapman

Title:

Life of Johnson

Place of Publication:

Oxford

Date of Publication:

1980

Vol:

n/a

Page:

187

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 187, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=20803, accessed: 18 January 2022


Additional Comments:

Originally published 1791.

   
   
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