Remarkable scene recorded in Dr. Burney's memoirs

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 09/21/2016 - 17:26

I recently found a journal entry describing the first impressions of Frances Burney toward JB that I had not known had existed. It is not recorded in the "Life", or in Boswell's journal.
(Memoirs of Dr. Burney 1832, ii pp 190-196) Pretty strong stuff, and, and a pretty negative depiction of Boswell's personality, but that being said it is a picture so richly painted that it would have been something that Boswell would have loved if it had been about someone ELSE!
Take a look if you are not already familiar with this scene (a dinner at Streatham) and I would be curious to hear your thoughts.

Polly (not verified)

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 23:49

(New here!)

Thanks for point this out - for anyone else, I found it here:
https://archive.org/details/memoirsofdoctorb02burniala

Thoroughly enjoyed it and for me it's entirely consistent with Boswell's own reporting! Reveals him as I love him - very transparent, grasping at his jealousy of anyone else and Johnson and yet still kind of adorable and puppyish! Remember he's in his 20s there and in hero-worship phase.