Lead:  In Samuel’s Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language, he defines a patron: One who countenances, supports or protects. Commonly a wretch who supports with insolence, and is paid with flattery.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Eighteenth-century London was a magnet for aspiring writers like Samuel Johnson. He came to London from the midlands in 1737, penniless, ill-fed, and ill-clothed. He contributed to periodicals for a number of years, barely getting by, and after many years of obscurity, secured his reputation as a man of letters with the publication of his Dictionary of the English Language in 1755. For that accomplishment he was awarded a modest annual pension from the British government, and thus gained financial independence.

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