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Ben Jonson
The copy editor fudges

In its obituary of William Rees-Mogg, sometime editor of The Times, Britain's Independent included this passage: Fraser Nelson, the editor of The Spectator, yesterday recalled the advice Lord Rees-Mogg gave him in 2001: "He said he took inspiration from Ben Johnson's essays: the originals, he said, were still the best." It seems unlikely, highly unlikely, that Lord Rees-Mogg looked for inspiration to Timber, the collection of miscellaneous notes and observations by Ben Jonson, published posthumously. It seems far more likely that a Tory-leaning Estabishment pillar would look to Samuel Johnson's Rambler and Idler essays for a model. So what would a copy editor...

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