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Boswell, James (1740-1795)

A Scottish lawyer, biographer and diarist, and member of Samuel Johnson"s London Literary Club (the two were great friends (and he was often Johnson"s amanuensis); Boswell wrote a Life of Samuel Johnson (published 1791).

Of culinary interest Boswell considered Ambergris from whales an effective aphrodisiac; and wrote in 1763 that Samuel Johnson had said "Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously and very carefully, for I look upon it that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else". See "Quotations"

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