Lead: It is not surprising that 18th century English writer and critic Samuel Johnson should have an opinion about libraries. He said, “The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over a half a library to make one book.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: By 1800 London was the largest city in Europe. With a population of over one million over the previous century it had become the cultural, economic and educational center of an Empire. The explosive growth of manufacturing, trade, and finance had transformed the English middle class. Increasing leisure time meant that the middling sort could enjoy the theater, frequent the City’s hundreds of coffee houses and devote their time to clubs and societies.