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DR. JOHNSON AND FANNY BURNEY EXTRACT FROM THE EARLY DIARY 28th March.<s1>s MY DEAR DADDY, My dear father seemed well pleased at my re- turning to my time; and that is no small consolation and pleasure to me. So now, to our Thursday morn- ing party. Mrs. and Miss Thrale, Miss Owen, and Mr. Seward came long before <1Lexiphanes>1.<s3>s Mrs. Thrale is a very pretty woman still; she is extremely lively and chatty; has no supercilious or pedantic airs, and is really gay and agreeable. Her daughter<s4>s is about 2 twelve years old, (stiff and proud), I believe, (or else shy and reserved: I don't yet know which). Miss Owen, who is a relation, is good-humoured and <1sensible enough;>1 she is a sort of butt, and, as such, a general favourite; for those sort of characters are prodigiously useful in drawing out the wit and pleasantry of others. Mr. Seward <s1>s is a very polite, agreeable young man. My sister Burney <s2>s was invited to mee . . .
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