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A twice‐weekly periodical in 208 numbers issued by Dr Johnson from 20 March 1750 to 14 March 1752.

The contents are essays on all kinds of subjects, character studies, allegories, eastern fables, criticisms, etc., and were, with the exception of five, written by Johnson himself. The moral seriousness of his enterprise is indicated by the fact that he wrote a prayer on beginning the work. The other contributors were Richardson, E. Carter, Mrs Chapone, and Catherine Talbot (1720–70).

Subjects: Literature.

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