Edited by John Stockdale. Originally these "Debates" were written by William Guthrie and edited by Samuel Johnson for the Gentleman's magazine in 1738, and were given fictitious names as "Debates in the Senate of Lilliputs". Johnson was never at the gallery himself, but had assistance from persons employed; some were the mere coinage of his imagination. Cf. Dict. nat. biog., v.10, p.922.