1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Garden

James Boswell, in Journal of a Tour of to the Hebrides (1786); Life of Johnson, ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 5:85-86.



Lord Gardenston is the proprietor of Laurence Kirk, and has encouraged the building of a manufacturing village, of which he is exceedingly fond, and has written a pamphlet upon it, as if he had founded Thebes; in which, however, there are many useful precepts strongly expressed. The village seemed to be irregularly built, some of the houses being of clay, some of brick and stone....

Dr. Johnson insisted on stopping at the inn, as I told him that Lord Gardenston has furnished it with a collection of books, that travellers might have entertainment for the mind, as well as of the body. He praised the design, but wished there had been more books, and those better chosen.