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Record 21701

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'This letter [printed above; from Dr Dodd, a clergyman condemned to death, asking Johnson to help him appeal for clemency to the King] was brought to Dr. Johnson when in church. He stooped down and read it, and wrote, when he went home, the following letter for Dr. Dodd to the King. [reproduced below]'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: 22 Jun 1777
Country: England
Time: daytime
Place: city: London
other location: church
   
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)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: William Dodd
Title: [letter]
Genre: Sermon
Form of Text: Manuscript: Letter
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 21701  
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: 831
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: James Boswell, R.W. Chapman (ed.), Life of Johnson (Oxford, 1980), p. 831, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=21701, accessed: 28 January 2023

Additional comments:

Originally published 1791.

 

 

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