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Afterlives

Michael Bundock

in The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson's Heir

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300207101
eISBN:
9780300213904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207101.003.0014
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter focuses on the lives of Francis Barber’s descendants. When Barber died in 1801, his widow Elizabeth was left with little source of income. Their son Samuel had left home while their ... More


The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson's Heir

Michael Bundock

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300207101
eISBN:
9780300213904
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207101.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This compelling book chronicles a young boy’s journey from the horrors of Jamaican slavery to the heart of London’s literary world, and reveals the unlikely friendship that changed his life. Francis ... More


The House in Gough Square

Michael Bundock

in The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson's Heir

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300207101
eISBN:
9780300213904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207101.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This book tells the true story of Francis Barber, a Jamaican slave, and his relationship with Samuel Johnson, a famous man of letters known for his dictionary of the English language. Barber was born ... More


“The Dunghill of the Universe”

Michael Bundock

in The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson's Heir

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300207101
eISBN:
9780300213904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207101.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter speculates on the life of Francis Barber based on the biography written by James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson. According to Boswell, Barber was born in Jamaica and came to England ... More


A New Name

Michael Bundock

in The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson's Heir

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300207101
eISBN:
9780300213904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207101.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter recounts Francis Barber’s arrival in England in 1750 with Colonel Richard Bathurst. Barber, then known as Quashey, and Bathurst lived at first in London, staying at the house of the ... More


Johnson

Michael Bundock

in The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson's Heir

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300207101
eISBN:
9780300213904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207101.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter focuses on the life of Samuel Johnson. At the age of forty-two, Johnson looked like a boxer who was past his prime, but when Barber met him he was tall, muscular, and towered over most ... More


Servant or Slave?

Michael Bundock

in The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson's Heir

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300207101
eISBN:
9780300213904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207101.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter focuses on Francis Barber’s life under the care of Samuel Johnson. Barber was one of many thousands of people, including blacks, who worked in domestic service in mid eighteenth-century ... More


An Apothecary in Cheapside

Michael Bundock

in The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson's Heir

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300207101
eISBN:
9780300213904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207101.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter focuses on Francis Barber’s decision to leave Samuel Johnson and to join Edward Ferrand’s household. Barber’s sudden departure left Johnson dismayed and surprised. His house in Gough ... More


The Stag

Michael Bundock

in The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson's Heir

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300207101
eISBN:
9780300213904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207101.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter discusses Francis Barber’s decision to join the British Royal Navy, leaving Samuel Johnson distressed. Barber went to sea on July 7, 1758. He would be going as far away from London—and ... More


“A Race Naturally Inferior”

Michael Bundock

in The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson's Heir

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780300207101
eISBN:
9780300213904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207101.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter discusses the issue of race that was prevalent during the time Francis Barber was working under the employ of Samuel Johnson in London. When Barber returned to London in the autumn of ... More


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