Thoughts in Prison

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Thoughts in Prison

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"On Sunday, April 12, I found him at home before dinner; Dr. Dodd"s poem entitled ""Thoughts in Prison"" was lying upon his table. This appearing to me an extraordinary effort by a man who was in Newgate for a capital crime, I was desirous to hear Johnson"s opinion of it: to my surprize, he told me he had not read a line of it. I took up the book and read a passage to him. JOHNSON. ""Pretty well, if you are previously disposed to like them"". I read another passage, with which he was better pleased. He then took the book into his own hands, and having looked at the prayer at the end of it, he said, ""What evidence is there that this was composed the night before he suffered? I do not believe it"". He then read aloud where he prays for the King, &c. and observed, ""Sir, do you think that a man the night before he is to be hanged cares for the succession of a royal family?--Though, he may have composed this prayer, then. A man who has been canting all his life, may cant to the last.--And yet a man who has been refused a pardon after so much petitioning, would hardly be praying thus fervently for the King"".

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Aged 69 [Experience in 1778, born in 1709]

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Notes
Originally published 1791. Dodd was a clergyman hanged for fraud, whom Johnson had tried to help.

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Related place
England
Related people
Johnson, Samuel
Related text or manuscript
Life of Johnson
Related place
England
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Thoughts in Prison

Reading experience
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Evidence

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Source

Life of Johnson

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Notes
Originally published 1791. Dodd was a clergyman hanged for fraud, whom Johnson had tried to help.

How to cite this record

You can copy this item for personal use, share it, and post it on a blog or website. It cannot be used commercially without permission. Please ensure the following credit accompanies it:

Life of Johnson
http://eured.univ-lemans.fr/dbworkshop/index.php/Detail/objects/79379
Accessed on 2019/09/17 14:12:59

Related place
England
Related people
Johnson, Samuel
Related text or manuscript
Life of Johnson
Related place
England
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