Samuel Johnson and Hester Lynch Thrale: Letters and Notes

Scope and Content

The contents are:

  • numbers 1-19, letters from Johnson to HLP (the first letter is in French);
  • number 20, manuscript of Johnson's Latin epitaph on Mrs Salusbury;
  • number 21, copy of the epitaph by HLP;
  • number 22, note from Johnson, in Latin;
  • number 23, two lines in Latin by Johnson;
  • number 24, notes by Johnson concerned with the settlement of Thrale's property;
  • number 25, copy by HLP of a note made by Johnson at Town Malling on 18 September 1768;
  • number 26, copy by HLP of Johnson's lines, Oft in danger yet alive, We are come to thirty-five, etc.;
  • number 27, copies of verses, namely of Johnson's Latin poem In theatro, HLP's imitation of the same in English, the Latin inscription on the collar of Mr Bank's goat, and the Latin ode Permeo terras, etc.

For the above letters, see J.D. Wright, Some unpublished letters to and from Dr Johnson, Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, vol. 16 (1932), pp. 32-76.