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THE LIFE

OF

SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D.

INCLUDING

A JOURNAL OF A TOUR TO THE HEBRIDES,

BY

JAMES BOSWELL, ESQ.

A NEW EDITION,

WITH NUMEROUS ADDITIONS AND NOTES,

BY

JOHN WILSON CROKER, LL. D. F.R.S.

-Quo fit ut OMNIS
Votiva pateat veluti descripta tabella
VITA SENIS

HOHART. 1 Sat. lib. ii.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

II.

HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,

82 CLIFF STREET, NEW YORK.

1850.

THK

LIFE

OF

SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D.

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PASSED many hours with him on the “I am not sorry that you read Boswell's 17th, [May], of which I find all my memo- journal. Is it not a merry piece? There rial is, “ much laughing." It should seem is much in it about poor me. he had that day been in a humour for jocu- “Do not buy C- -'s 2 Travels; they larity and merriment, and upon such occa- are duller than T- -'83. W sions I never knew a man laugh more hear- too fond of words, but you may read him. tily. We may suppose that the high relish I shall take care that Adair's account of of a state so different from his habitual America may be sent you, for I shall have gloom produced more than ordinary exer- it of my own. tions of that distinguishing faculty of man,

6 Beattie has called once to see me. He which has puzzled philosophers so much to lives grand at the archbishop's.”] explain. Johnson's laugh was as remarkable as any circumstance in his manner. It

6 TO JAMES BOSWELL, ESQ. was a kind of good-humoured growl. Tom

“ 27th May, 1775. Davies described it drolly enough: “ He “ DEAR SIR,—I make no doubt but you · laughs like a rhinoceros.”

are now safely lodged in your own habita

tion, and have told all your adventures to " TO BENNET LANGTON, ESQ.

Mrs. Boswell and Miss Veronica. Pray

" 21st May, 1775. teach Veronica to love me. Bid her not 6 DEAR SIR,—I have an old amanuensis mind mamma. in great distress 1. I have given what I “ Mrs. Thrale has taken cold, and been think I can give, and begged till I cannot very much disordered, but I hope is grown tell where to beg again. I put into his well

. Mr. Langton went yesterday to hands this morning four guineas. If you Lincolnshire, and has invited Nicolaida 5 to could collect three guineas more, it would follow him. Beauclerk talks of going to clear him from his present difficulty. I am, Bath. I am to set out on Monday; so sir, your most humble servant,

there is nothing but dispersion. 6 SAM. JOHNSON." “I have returned Lord Hailes's entertain

ing sheets, but must stay till I come back [" TO MRS. THRALE.

for more, because it will be inconvenient to

" 220 May, 1775. send them after me in my vagrant state. “ One thing or other still hinders me, be

“I promised Mrs. Macaulays that I sides, perhaps, what is the great hindrance, that I have no great mind to go.

Boswell

2 [Probably “Chandler's Travels in Asia Miwent away at two this morning. L[ang- nor."--Ed.) ton] I suppose goes this week. B[oswell] 3 [Probably “ Travels through Spain and Porgot two-and-forty guineas in fees while he tugal in 1772 and 1775, by Richard Twiss, Esq.” was here. He has, by his wife's persuasion --Ed.] and mine, taken down a present for his 4 (Probably “Cursory Remarks made in a mother-in-law.

Tour through some of the Northern Parts of Europe, by Nathaniel Wraxall, jun.”—ED.]

5 A learned Greek.--Boswell. [Mr. Lang1 (He had written to Mrs. Thrale the day be- ton was an enthusiast about Greek. -Ed.] fore. “Peyton and Macbean are both starving, 6 Wife of the Reverend Mr. Kenneth Macauand I cannot keep them.”—Lett. v. i. p. 218. - lay, author of "The History of St. Kilda.”— Ev.)

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