John Bradley, Minister of Alrewas. An impartial view of the truth of Christianity: with the history of the life and miracles of Apollonius Tyanaeus. London: Printed by W. Downing, for Michael Johnson, Bookseller in Litchfield, 1699.
John Bradley’s An impartial view was “printed for Michael Johnson, bookseller in Litchfield” – Dr Samuel Johnson’s father.
This copy bears the signature of Dr John Turton (1735-1806). A prominent figure in late eighteenth century London, Turton was physician to King George III, Queen Charlotte, and the Prince of Wales, as well as other eminent persons including Edward Gibbon and David Garrick. Turton also attended the author Oliver Goldsmith during his final illness in 1774. It was he who famously asked Goldsmith, then living in poverty, whether his mind was at ease. “No, it is not” were Goldsmith’s last recorded words.
Dr Johnson, with whom Turton was connected and distantly related, wrote verses to his mother, entitled To Miss Hickman playing on the Spinet.