DR. JOHNSON AND FANNY BURNEY
EXTRACT FROM THE EARLY DIARY
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-
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
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 . . .