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Chapter 24: Public opinion in England. March, 1775. during this angry strife between the citizens and sol- Chap. XXIV.} 1775. Mar. diers at Boston, Lord Howe at London broke off negotiations with Franklin, and the ministry used the pen of Samuel Johnson, to inflame the public mind. Johnson was a poor man's son, and had himself tasted the bitter cup of extreme indigence. His father left no more than twenty pounds. To bury his mother and pay her little debts, he had composed Rasselas. For years he had gained a precarious support as an author. He had paced the streets of London all night long, from not having where to lay his head; he had escaped a prison for a trifle he owed by beg ging an alms of Richardson, had broken his bread with poverty, and had even known what it is from sheer want to go without a dinner, preserving through all his sufferings the unbending spirit of rugged independence. His name was venerable wherever the English was spoken, by his full display