Mirror of Literature,  6 (1825), 119–20.

Reminiscences. No. XVI. Dr. Johnson



Regular Feature, Anecdote, Drollery



    The article includes an anecdote concerning the period when ballooning '(now all the rage) was first introduced' (120). Johnson was quizzed about using a balloon to test his claim that 'a fool will ever be a fool in whatever atmosphere you place him'.

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