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Thomas Osborne

(1704—1767) bookseller

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Harleian Miscellany

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A reprint of a selection of tracts from the Harleian MSS, edited by Oldys and Dr Johnson, published 1744–6 by Thomas Osborne.

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Harleian MSS

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A collection of manuscripts made by R. Harley, first earl of Oxford, and augmented by his son Edward, the second earl (1689–1741). It consisted of some 50,000 books, 350,000 pamphlets, and...

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letter-writing manual

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A book giving examples of letters for imitation or adaptation. Early rhetorical textbooks such as De Modo Epistolandi (1495) provided models of elegant and classical Latinity. The first...

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Richard Nutt

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Including the Universal Spectator (from 1728) and the London Evening-Post; his politics were extravagantly Tory. A libel (signed ‘True-blue’) published in the Evening-Post in 1755 earned...

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Samuel Johnson

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(1709–84),

English lexicographer and author, in 1775 was employed by the ministers in power to write a tract, Taxation No Tyranny, in answer to the resolutions and addresses of the...

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