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Record 21670

Reading Experience:

' [letter from Johnson to Boswell] Since I wrote, I have looked over Mr. Maclaurin's plea, and think it excellent. [ a legal case Boswell was involved in] How is the suit carried on? If by subscription, I commission you to contribute, in my name, what is proper.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 2 Jul 1776 and 6 Jul 1776
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
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:Samuel Johnson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 18 Sep 1709
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: Anglican
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:

Title: [legal documents relating to Mr Maclaurin]
Genre: Law
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
sent by Boswell


Source Information:

Record ID: 21670  
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: 783
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 783,, accessed: 04 February 2023

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791. Presumably MS. this may have been about a case of literary libel by Goldsmith on Maclaurin's father, mentioned in 1775 or 1776 by Johnson.



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