Charles Johnstone

(1719—1800) novelist and journalist

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travelled in 1782 to Calcutta, where he remained as a journalist and later as a prosperous newspaper proprietor. His best‐known work is Chrysal, or the Adventures of a Guinea (1760–5). ‘Chrysal’ is the articulate spirit of gold in the guinea, whose progress from hand to hand, through some six different countries, serves to link various inventive and satirical episodes, including a section on the Hell‐fire Club at Medmenham Abbey. His other works include The History of Arsaces, Prince of Betlis (1774), an Oriental tale, The Pilgrim (1775), and John Juniper (1781).

Subjects: Literature.

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