Sir Richard Steele

Rae Blanchard (ed.), The Correspondence of Richard Steele

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86. Steele to Ambrose Philips

MS.: Collection of Frederick Locker-Lampson (1889).—* Aitken, Life, ii. 5, note.—Address: To Mr. A. Philips.

Bloomsbury-Square Jan. 31st, 1713/14

Dear Sr

I thank you and Mr Johnson for the Curious Peice you pg 85sent me. I should be mightily obliged to Mr Johnson if He could lend me Spelman's book1 with the place turned down.

  • Yr obedient Humble Servant
  • Richard Steele     

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1 The book by Sir Henry Spelman is Glossarium archaiologicum, an excerpt from which Steele used in Englishman, No. 53 (4 Feb. 1714), as an illustration of the 'usurpations of the Papacy over the Minds of Mankind'. Mr. Johnson (?) This may have been Charles Johnson (1679–1748), playwright, who had been bred to the law and who, it was said, was famous for many years for writing a play every season and being at Button's every day (Characters of the Times, 1728, p. 19). He produced a play in 1714. Or it is possible that Maurice Johnson is meant, antiquarian, of the Inner Temple, who was founder and secretary for thirty-five years of the Gentlemen's Society at Spalding (Lincolnshire) which had its beginnings in London during the reign of Queen Anne. Johnson said that it was started by the encouragement of Secretary Addison, Captain Steele, and others of the Button's Club. (Nichols's Literary Anecdotes, vi. 1812, 2, 12, 28 ff.)
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