Monday’s Piece

One secretary to another:
“If I can’t spell the words in the first place how does he expect me to find them in a dictionary?”

John Lentell
14th January, 1971

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Thursday’s Piece

I live in a constant endeavour to fence against the infirmities of ill health, and other evils of life, by mirth; being firmly persuaded that every time a man smiles —but much more so, when he laughs, that it adds something to this Fragment of Life.
(Laurence Sterne, 1713 – 1768)

John Lentell
10th January, 1971
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Thursday’s Piece

Here lies my wife: here let her lie!
Now she’s at rest, and so am I.
(Epitaph intended for John Dryden‘s wife)

John Lentell
3rd January, 1971

John_Dryden_by_John_Michael_Wright,_1668_(detail),_National_Portrait_Gallery,_London

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Dryden by John Michael Wright, 1668 (detail)
National Portrait Gallery, London