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See Alan D. McKillop, Richardson's Advice to an Apprentice, JEGP, XLII (1943), 49.


Luke Tyerman, The Oxford Methodists (London, 1873), pp. 236-37.


Ibid., p. 243.


Autograph letter in my possession. This letter found its way into Richardson's files, and is endorsed in his hand. As printed in the Letters (1760), I, 193, asterisks are substituted for "Richardson," and in the second edition of the Letters (1784), I, 157, the name is given as "Rivington." I have already printed this extract from Hervey's letter in a study of his interest in natural science (University of Texas Studies in English, XXVIII [1949], 130).


To Philip Yorke, later Earl of Hardwicke, October 1, 1748. British Museum, Addit. MS. 35397, f. 170v. This passage has recently been printed by Edward A. Bloom, Samuel Johnson in Grub Street (1957), p. 279n. Sale, p. 27, quotes a letter of Richardson's dated November 1748 referring to this dispute with the compositors. Birch's figures for an average compositor's wages seem high; about a guinea a week is indicated by the scanty evidence. See Ellic Howe, The London Compositor, 1785-1900 (1947), p. 70; Sale, pp. 21-24.


To the same, October 7, 1752. British Museum, Addit. MS. 35398, f. 102.


To the same, July 11, 1761. British Museum, Addit. MS. 35399, f. 214v.


To the same, August 22, 1761. British Museum, Addit. MS. 35399, f. 245v. For Richardson's will, see Aleyn Lyell Reade, N&Q, 12 S. XI (1922), 242-244.


P. 42. Girls and women were sometimes employed as printer's devils. Cf. Stationers' Company regulations of 1635, in Ellic Howe, The London Compositor, 1785-1900, p. 21; Boswell, Life of Johnson, ed. Hill-Powell, IV, 99.