Reminiscences of Boswell and Johnson

This entry was written by Lyda Fens.

When preparing to write my MA thesis on how the 18c American Benjamin Rush used epistolary formulas, I found that he had written

Reminiscences of Boswell & Johnson.

Apparently, "130 copies of this pamphlet … were made for Mr. & Mrs. Donald F. Hyde, of Somerville, New Jersey" in 1946. This Mrs Hyde is Mary, Viscountess Eccles. I’m very interested to see a copy of it. Since I’d rather not have to go all the way to Houghton Library at Harvard – where they may have it as part of the Donald and Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson – I’d like to know where I might be able to find one (possibly buy one?). I would very much appreciate your suggestions.

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  1. Karlijn

    While searching the COPAC catalogue ( found out that the British Library and the Bodleian library both have a copy of Rush’s Reminiscences of Boswell & Johnson amongst their collections. This means that you don’t have to go all the way to the States in order to have a look at it! If you prefer to buy a copy you could try and have a look at the following website: (

  2. Anita

    This pamphlet sounds very interesting indeed. Both the Bodleian Library in Oxford and the British Library hold a copy of the work. As for purchasing the book, I checked a range of online bookstores that sell rare and out-of-print books but it wasn’t available anywhere.

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