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PRINTED FOR G. WALKER, J. AKERMAN, E. EDWARDS, J. HARWOOD,
W. ROBINSONS AND SONS, LIVERPOOL; E. THOMSON, MANCHESTER;
SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D.
MR. MACBEAN, whom I have mentioned more than once, as one of Johnson's humble friends, a deserving but unfortunate man, being now oppressed by age and poverty, Johnson solicited the Lord Chancellor Thurlow, to have him admitted into the Charter-house. I take the liberty to insert his Lordship's answer, as I am eager to embrace every occasion of augmenting the respectable notion which should ever be entertained of my illustrious friend :
" TO DR. SAMUEL JOHNSON. “ SIR,
London, October 24, 1780. "I HAVE this moment received your letter dated the 19th, and returned from Bath.
“ In the beginning of the summer I placed one in the Chartreux, without the sanction of a recommendation so distinct and so authoritative as yours of Macbean; and I am afraid, that according to the establishment of the House, the opportunity of making the charity so good amends will not soon recur. But whenever a vacancy shall happen, if