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Johnson, Thomas, Junior

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Johnson, Thomas, Junior
March 06, 2007 04:05PM
Historical Sketches of Kentucky by Lewis Collins, Maysville, KY. and J. A.
& U. P. James, Cincinnati, 1847. Volume 1. Reprinted 1968. Boyle County.
The Poets and Poetry of Kentucky, page 606.

THOMAS JOHNSON, JUN.,
Familiarly known in the latter part of the last century as the "Drunken
Poet of Danville," was probably a native of Virginia, born about 1760, and
removed to Kentucky in 1786. His little pamphlet of doggeral satires,
entitled "The Kentucky Miscellany," - of which the only copy we know of is
in the collection of Rev. L. W. Seely, D. D., of Frankfort, of the fourth
edition, 36 pages, 24mo., and published at Lexington in 1821 - bears
internal evidence that some of the familiar and personal pieces were
indited in 1786-87, one probably as early as 1776, but how much later does
not appear. This only copy of the pamphlet we have seen is mouse-eaten at
one corner, and some of the best pieces partially lost. The following are
preserved here, not for their merit, but for their mischievous humor and
as indications of the times. [See under Boyle county, in Volume II.]
[Note: Poems shown: "On Parson R----E*," "A Panegyric On Dr. Fields," "The
Authors Own Epitaph" and "Epitaph."] * Referred to Rev. David Rice.
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