Books: Boswell's Broad

BOSWELL AND THE GIRL FROM BOTANY

BAY — Frederick A. Pottle — Viking ($7.50).

When in 1794 James Boswell lay dying, he wrote to his brother in London, asking him to deposit £5 to the account of a Rev. Mr. Baron: "He takes charge of paying the gratuity to Mary Broad." This letter set investigators whoofing on the trail of another promising secret of Boswell's abundant life. At trail's end was: no dirt, as had been half expected, but further data on a seldom-mentioned side of the little man—his interest in prison reform. Mary...

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