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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In the strangely mixed scenes of human existence , our feelings are often at once
pleasing and painful . Of this truth , the progress of the present Work furnishes a
striking instance . It was highly gratifying to me - that my friend , Sir Joshua ...
... the excellent and extraordinary man whose wit and wisdom are here recorded ,
shall be viewed at a still greater distance ; and the instruction and entertainment
they afford , will at once produce reverential gratitude , admiration , and delight .
... but once , and I am sure not above twice . Jolinson might have esteemed him
for his decent , religious demeanour , and his knowledge of books and literary
history ; but from the rigid formality of his manners , it is evident that they never
... conduct of my illustrious friend ; who , I trust , will , by a true and fair delineation
, be vindicated both from the injurious misrepresentations of this authour , and
from the slighter aspersions of a lady who once lived in great intimacy with him .
Talking to me once himself of his being much distinguished at school , he told me
, they never thought to raise me by comparing me to any one ; they never said ,
Johnson is as good a scholar as such a one ; but such a one is as good a scholar
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