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Cocklane Ghost

Cock-lane Ghost, a story of a ghost which has had a false importance given to it by reason of being mixed up with Dr. Johnson. A certain man and his daughter occupied a house in Smithfield, in which the wife of a former tenant had died. Mysterious knockings were heard - afterwards discovered to have been produced by the daughter aforesaid - which declared in a manner well known to ghost hunters that the former tenant had murdered his wife, and this unfortunate man was much persecuted in consequence. Whether Dr. Johnson did or did not believe the story is of no consequence, especially as no one reads Churchill's clumsy satire upon him.