Wednesday, 10 August 2016

#plaque366 Thomas Davies

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 

The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!

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"Mr. Johnson, I do indeed come from Scotland, but I cannot help it."

"That, Sir, I find, is what a very great many of your countrymen cannot help."

The occasion was the very first meeting of Johnson and James Boswell (1740-1795), lawyer, diarist, biographer and author – which took place in the home of a bookseller in Russell Street, Covent Garden.

At the age of nineteen, Boswell took the decision to convert to Catholicism, thus enraging his Calvinist parents. To escape their ire, he fled to London – a fate worse than Catholicism to the average Scots Calvinist – and took up the life of a libertine. His Life of Johnson, featuring as it did actual conversations with his subject (unique for its time) blazed the trail for modern biography.

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