Hester Lynch Piozzi (Mrs. Thrale)

Hester Lynch Piozzi (Mrs. Thrale)

Hester Lynch Piozzi (Mrs. Thrale)

Hester Lynch Piozzi (Mrs. Thrale)

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My introduction to Mrs. Piozzi came through that Prince of Johnsonians, Mr. A. Edward Newton. He stimulated interest in the 'Light Blue Stocking', and later generously allowed me to make use of the riches of his great manuscript collection. Actual research was begun at the suggestion and under the direction of Professor Ernest Hunter Wright of Columbia University. For the past eight years he has given me continued encouragement and help, for which I express deep appreciation. I also owe much to Professors Harry Morgan Ayres, Hoxie N. Fairchild, Roger Sherman Loomis, Elliott V. K. Dobbie; and to the trustees of Columbia University for the grant of a Cutting Travelling Fellowship which enabled me to spend the year 1935-6 in England.

From the beginning, Professor Frederick A. Pottle of Yale University has been unsparing with aid and suggestions; and, although not always agreeing with my treatment of Boswell, he has, together with Dr. Charles H. Bennett, carefully read through the pages in proof. Others at Yale who have given valuable assistance include Professors Chauncey B. Tinker, Edmund T. Silk, and Allen T. Hazen. Mr. James M. Osborn read the first draft of this book, and has never slackened in his friendly encouragement. It is difficult to express my debt to Professor George Sherburn, now of Harvard University. As 'guide, philosopher, and friend', he has been untiring in criticism and advice, and has been the greatest single influence in shaping this work.

It is impossible to name all the other American scholars who at various times assisted my research, but I wish particularly to thank Professor Katharine C. Balderston for generously taking time from her editing of Thraliana to read my manuscript and offer many valuable suggestions; and Professors Elizabeth Manwaring, Edward L. McAdam, Richard L. Greene, Amos A. Ettinger, R. H. Heindel, Dr. Robert Metzdorf, Dr. Philip Gove, and Mr. G. S. Alleman.

In England I have received the kindest, most generous co-operation. Dr. R. W. Chapman has allowed me to consult his voluminous file of Johnson's letters, and has continuously supplied me with information. Professor D. Nichol Smith has . . .

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