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James Boswell

Famous Scots Series

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Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 48,693 / 144 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48
LoC Category: CT
Series: Famous Scots
Downloads: 581
Added to site: 2009.08.06
mnybks.net#: 24916
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Biography, History
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hop at Boulogne, observed that the wrapper was a scrap of a letter, which formed part of a bundle bought shortly before from a travelling hawker. On investigation, the letters were found to be the correspondence of Boswell with Temple, and all doubts as to their genuineness were conclusively set at rest by their bearing the London and Devon post marks, and the franks of well known names. But the internal evidence alone, as we shall see, would be sufficient to establish their authenticity. Published in 1857 by Bentley, under the careful editorship of Mr Francis, they constitute, along with the no less happy discovery in 1854, behind an old press in Sydney, of Campbell's Diary of a Visit to England--though Professor Jowett was inclined to doubt the authenticity of the latter--the most valuable accession of evidence to the Johnsonian circle of interest, and they shed on Boswell and his method a light which otherwise would leave much in darkness, or, at least, but ensure a general acceptance of the harsh

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