In 1735, several notable events took place in England:

  1. The publication of Samuel Johnson’s “A Dictionary of the English Language”: Samuel Johnson, a renowned lexicographer, completed and published the first comprehensive English dictionary, titled “A Dictionary of the English Language” in 1735. This monumental work, which took him several years to complete, was a significant contribution to the development of the English language and remains an influential reference to this day.
  2. The repeal of the Witchcraft Act: The Witchcraft Act of 1735 was passed in England, repealing the earlier Witchcraft Act of 1604. The new act was more lenient, stating that the practice of witchcraft was not a crime unless it caused harm. This marked a significant change in the legal treatment of witchcraft in England, reflecting changing beliefs and attitudes towards this controversial topic during the 18th century.
  3. The opening of the Foundling Hospital: The Foundling Hospital, a charitable institution for abandoned and orphaned children, was opened in London in 1739 by philanthropist Thomas Coram. The Foundling Hospital played a crucial role in providing care and education to thousands of vulnerable children and was one of the first institutions of its kind in England.
  4. The publication of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal”: Jonathan Swift, an Irish satirist and writer, published his famous satirical essay “A Modest Proposal” in 1729. In this work, Swift proposed a controversial and darkly humorous solution to the problem of poverty in Ireland, which shocked and provoked public discourse on the social and economic issues of the time.
  5. The development of the Bow porcelain factory: The Bow porcelain factory, one of the early English porcelain factories, was established in the 1740’s in Bow, London. This factory produced fine porcelain wares, including tea sets, vases, and figurines, which were highly sought after during the 18th century and played a significant role in the history of English porcelain production.

These are some of the notable events that took place in England in circa 1735, representing various aspects of the cultural, social, and intellectual life of the time.


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