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Record 20786

Reading Experience:

'[extract of a letter from the Earl of Orrery to Dr Birch] I have just now seen the specimen of Mr Johnson's dictionary, addressed to Lord Chesterfield. I am much pleased with the plan, and I think the specimen is one of the best that I have ever read. Most specimens disgust, rather than prejudice us in favour of the work to follow; but the language of Mr Johnson's is good, and the arguments are properly and modestly expressed'.
Century: 1700-1799
Date: 30 Dec 1747
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:John Boyle, 5th Earl of Orrery
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 Jan 1707
Socio-economic group: Royalty / aristocracy
Occupation: man of letters and peer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Samuel Johnson
Title: [Plan or prospectus for his dictionary]
Genre: Reference / General works
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
the copy sent to Lord Chesterfield


Source Information:

Record ID: 20786  
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: 134
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell , R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 134,, accessed: 20 January 2022

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791.



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