James Boswell’s copy of The government of the tongue has a note from him about its acquisition:
“Presented to me by my worthy freind Bennet Langton, Esq. of Langton, as a book by which I might be much improved …. He gave me the book and hoped I would read that treatise, but said no more. I have expressed in words what I believe was his meaning. It was a delicate
What would have been a less delicate admonition — a gag?
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