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

1870

Gough Square

At No. 17 resided Dr. Johnson, and here he may be said to have commenced and finished his Dictionary. In this

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house it was he foretold the lighting of London by gas or smoke. Sitting one evening in company with Boswell, as was his wont, the lamplighter came along to light the oil lamp, and Johnson, turning to Boswell, said, "The time is coming when London will be lighted from end to end with smoke." In