Dr. Campbell's Diary of a Visit to England in 1775

Dr. Campbell's Diary of a Visit to England in 1775

Dr. Campbell's Diary of a Visit to England in 1775

Dr. Campbell's Diary of a Visit to England in 1775

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On 5 April 1775 Johnson and Boswell were guests of the Dillys at dinner. Boswell took with him an Irish clergyman, Dr Thomas Campbell, who was said to have come to England 'chiefly with a view to see Dr Johnson, for whom he entertained the highest veneration'. Campbell had, in fact, already met Johnson at the Thrales' and was to meet him again on several occasions. Like Boswell, he kept a journal; but, unlike Boswell, he had no vision of himself as a Johnsonian chronicler. In a small pocket-book he made notes of his visits to London, Paris, and Brighton, the greater part of them being devoted to the period 23 February -- 9 May 1775. These notes were unknown to the world until in 1854 there was published in Sydney the Diary of a Visit to England in 1775, by an Irishman (the Reverend Doctor Thomas Campbell, author of 'A Philosophical Survey of the South of Ireland') and other papers by the same hand. With notes by Samuel Raymond, M.A., Prothonotary of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

In his Preface the editor explained that the manuscript had been found in the offices of the Supreme Court at Sydney, but that he had no knowledge of how it had come there. Of the imperfections of his editing he was fully aware; but of the authenticity of the Diary he had no doubt. Whether copies of the book reached England . . .

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