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Dr Johnson and tea

Dr Johnson's dictionary was published on this day in 1755.

It has been suggested that it could never have been published without his consuming vast and stimulating quantities of tea. Dr Johnson described himself as

a hardened and shameless tea-drinker, who has, for twenty years, diluted his meals with only the infusion of this fascinating plant; whose kettle has scarcely time to cool; who with tea amuses the evening, with tea solaces the midnight, and, with tea, welcomes the morning.

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