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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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