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TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE:

In the anecdote "DISADVANTAGEOUS CORRECTION", the point of the tale depends on the difference between an i with a macron (long vowel) and an i with a breve (short vowel) These have been represented as [=i] and [)i] respectively.

Two changes have been made to the text:

In the anecdote "DR. JOHNSON'S CRITICISMS", one instance of the word "by" was deleted from the passage: "just by by chance".

In "THE MERMAID CLUB", Johnson was changed to Jonson in the passage: "Beaumont fondly lets his thoughts wander in his letter to Jonson..."

[Illustration: FINDING THE MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF JOHN EVELYN. Page 7. ]

[Illustration: Edinburgh: W. P. Nimmo.]

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Curious Facts and Characteristic Sketches

EDINBURGH: WILLIAM P. NIMMO.

EDINBURGH: MURRAY AND GIBB, PRINTERS TO HER MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE.

CONTENTS. PAGE

Ale, Bishop Still's Praise of 83 A Learned Young Lady 149 Alfieri's Hair 153 Authors, Hard Fate of 59 Authorship, Pains and Toils of 125 Bad's the Best Canning's Criticism 50 "Beggar's Opera," Origin of the 140 Bell, Death of Sir Charles 46 Blue Stocking Club, the 10 Boar's Head Tavern, East Cheap, Relics of 115 Boileau's, A Carouse at 147 Bolingbroke at Battersea 112 Bolingbroke, his Creed 55 Booksellers in Little Britain 27 Boswell as the "Bear leader" 118 Boswell's "Life of Johnson" 99 "Boz" (Dickens), Origin of the Word 99 Bottled Ale, Accidental Origin of 49 Bulwer's Pompeian Drawing room 84 Bunyan's Copy of the "Book of Martyrs" 53 Bunyan's Escapes 57 Bunyan's Preaching 56 Burney, Miss, her "Evelina" 66 Butler and Buckingham 143 Byron, Lord, his Graceful Apology 39 Byron's "Corsair" 26 Byron and "My Grandmother's Review" 95 Byron's Personal Vanity 37 Canning, A Ludicrous Estimate of 50 Chalmers'(Dr.) Industry 103 Chalmers' Preaching in London 44 Chances for the Drama 68 Chatterton's Profit and Loss Reckoning 136 Classical Pun, A 47 "Clean Hands," Lord Brougham's 79 Clever Statesmen, Swift on 116 Cobbett's Boyhood 121 Coleridge in the Dragoons 120 Coleridge as a Unitarian Preacher 123 Coleridge's "Watchman" 32 Collins' Insanity 129 Collins' Poor Opinion of his Poems 13 Colton the Author of "Lacon" 52 Conscience, A Composition... Continue reading book >>




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