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Record 20803

Reading Experience:

'[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, workmates)
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,, accessed: 21 January 2022

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791.



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