The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; a Series of His Epistolatory Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published: the Whole Exhibiting a View of Literature and Literary Men in Great-Britain, for Near Half a Century During which He Flourished, Volume 1
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... but the truth , I have still kept in my mind that the whole truth is not always to be
exposed . This , however , I have managed so as to occasion no diminution of the
pleasure which my book should afford ; though malignity may DEDICATION . 5.
... read to him almost the whole of my manuscript , and make such remarks as
were greatly for the advantage of the Work ; though it is but fair to him to mention ,
that upon many occasions I differed from him , and followed my own judgement .
What reason I had to hope for the countenance of that venerable Gentleman to
this Work , will appear from what he wrote to me upon - former occasion from
Oxford , November 17 , 1785 :“ Dear Sir , I hazard this letter , not knowing where it
I am fully aware of the objections which may be made to the minuteness on some
occasions of my detail of Johnson's conversation , and how happily it is adapted
for the petty exercise of ridicule , by men of superficial understanding , and ...
... this was not done ; but there was no occasion for any artificial aid for its
preservation . In following so very eminent a man from his cradle to his grave ,
every minute particular , which can throw light on the progress of his mind , is
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