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Samuel Johnson's house in Gough Square ought to be a site of pilgrimage for any visitor to London, but I get the sense it is seldom crowded, which is, I suppose, an advantage to those of us who do see it as one of the fonts of the English language. The house is well kept, with numerous paintings depicting Johnson's life, though it's doubtless less jumbled and more clean then when Johnson and his whole entourage lived there. The painting I've included is of John Wesley preaching in London with Johnson in the audience. He's the figure at the back, wearing a blue coat.  The room on the top floor where the dictionary was put together by Scottish scribes is somewhat smaller than I had imagined, though large enough  for four or five tables. In any case, it's a benefaction to be in a place where Johnson once worked, and ate, and talked. The house still radiates his spirit.
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