“I went to Uttoxeter in very bad weather and stood for a considerable time bareheaded in the rain…”

cf. State Library and Archives of Florida, Walking on a rainy day in Tallahassee (detail) (1961)

“…he mentioned that he could not in general accuse himself of having been an undutiful son. “Once, indeed (said he), I was disobedient; I refused to attend my father to Uttoxeter-market. Pride was the source of that refusal, and the remembrance of it was painful. A few years ago I desired to atone for this fault; I went to Uttoxeter in very bad weather, and stood for a considerable time bareheaded in the rain, on the spot where my father’s stall used to stand. In contrition I stood, and I hope the penance was expiatory.”

–James Boswell, The Life Of Samuel Johnson

Love and mercy, that’s what you need tonight…

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