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Record 22732

Reading Experience:

'[having been searching for evidence of the truth of Christianity, Johnson] recollecting a Book he had once picked up in the Shop, & again thrown by, entitled De Veritate Relig: & c. he began to think himself highly culpable for neglecting such a means of Information and took himself severely to task for this Sin. The first Opportunity he had of Course he examined the Book with avidity, but finding his Scholarship insufficient for the perusal of it he set his heart at rest it sees, and considered his Conscience as lightened of a Crime'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: Between 18 Sep 1719 and 17 Sep 1720
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Lichfield
county: Staffordshire
specific address: his father's shop
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 Child (0-17)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 18 Sep 1709
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: later 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: Hugo Grotius
Title: De veritate religionis Christianae
Genre: Other religious
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (other)
belonged to his father


Source Information:

Record ID: 22732  
Source - Print  
  Author: Hester Lynch Thrale
  Editor: Katharine C. Balderston
  Title: Thraliana
  Place of Publication: Oxford
  Date of Publication: 1951
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 160
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Hester Lynch Thrale, Katharine C. Balderston (ed.), Thraliana (Oxford, 1951), p. 160,, accessed: 28 January 2023

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