Farringdon Without History of the Most Interesting Places, Leading Events; and Some Account of the Eminent Men connected therewith, since the year 1600

Francis, Adolphus Decimus


Salisbury Square

At No. 11 lived , the father of English novelists. His " Pamela," " Clarissa Harlowe," and " Sir Charles Grandison," paved the way for the introduction of refined novel writing, and breathe a tone so superior to aught that went before, as to justify the high reputation he has achieved, and places him as the pioneer of novelists. He was a printer by trade, but kept the best literary society, and was visited by Johnson, Archbishop Secker, Madame Chapone, Goldsmith, Hogarth, Dr. Young, and Mrs. Barbauld,the amiable and pious author of "Hymns and Stories for Children:" as Richardson was not above keeping his shop, his shop kept him, and he was consequently one of the few authors who, in the age in which he lived, enjoyed a competency. At No. 14 was founded the Jennerian Society for vaccination, and Dr. Jenner came here frequently.