This seminary was, however, closed in about six months, and on the 2nd of March 1736/7 both Johnson and Garrick left Lichfield for London - Johnson, as he afterwards said, " with twopence halfpenny in his pocket," and Garrick " with three-halfpence in his."
Before this time the daily issue of the Spectator had reached 3000 copies; it then fell to 1600; the price was raised from a penny to twopence, but the paper came to an end in 1714.
Though the price of a number was only twopence, the sale did not amount to five hundred.
I gave the prisoner twopence halfpenny, which I had lost.
Such was my father's estimation of my abilities in music, that he would not pay twopence for me.