A Torpedo

Life of Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, [pp. 91]… Thomas Birch.

“It has been circulated, I know not with what authenticity, that Johnson considered Dr. Birch as a dull writer, and said of him, ‘Tom Birch is as brisk as a bee in conversation; but no sooner does he take a pen in his hand, than it becomes a torpedo to him, and benumbs all his faculties.'”

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