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Record 21680

Reading Experience:

' [letter from Johnson to Boswell] Dr. Blair is printing some sermons. If they are all like the first, which I have read, they are [italics] sermones aurei, ac auro magis aurei [end italics]. It is excellently written both as to doctrine and language.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Until: 24 Dec 1776
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: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:

Author: Hugh Blair
Title: [A Sermon]
Genre: Sermon
Form of Text: Manuscript: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
sent to Johnson by publisher Mr Strahan for his opinion


Source Information:

Record ID: 21680  
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: 796
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 796,, accessed: 23 May 2024

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791. The letter is dated 18th Feb 1777 but Johnson had read the sermon before Christmas 1776



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