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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... expressions had been softened , and a few of our hero's foibles had been a
little more shaded ; but it is useful to see the weaknesses incident to great minds ;
and you have given us Dr. Johnson's authority that in history all ought to be told .
... his own authority . It is told , ' that , when a child of three years old , he chanced
to tread upon a duckling , the eleventh of a brood , and killed it ; upon which , it is
said , he dictated to his mother the following epitaph ; 66 I can say 1 Anecdotes ...
And the ladies with whom he was acquainted agree , that no man was more
nicely and minutely critical in the elegance of female dress . When I found that he
saw the romantick beauties of Islam , in Derbyshire , much better than I did , I told
... that “ his mother had not carried him far enough ; she should have taken him to
Rome . ” He was first taught to read English by Dame Oliver , a widow , who kept
a school for young children in Lichfield . He told me she could read the black ...
The late Dr. Taylor , Prebendary of Westminster , who was educated under him ,
told me , that “ he was an excellent master , and that his ushers were most of
them men of eminence ; that Holbrook , one of the most ingenious men , best ...
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