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We talked of education at great schools ; the advantages and disadvantages of
which Johnson displayed in a luminous manner ; but his arguments
preponderated so much in favour of the benefit which a boy of good parts might
receive at one ...
... make it be believed to have been written by Johnson himself . I said , I disliked
the custom which some people had of bringing their children into company ,
because it in a manner forced us to pay foolish compliments to please their
... and that she said , “ she had bound up Mr . Gibbon ' s History without the last
two offensive chapters ; for that she thought the book so far good , as it gave , in
an elegant manner , the substance of the bad writers medii ævi , which the late
Johnson in as easy a manner as almost any of his very numerous acquaintance .
Mr . Edwards had said to me aside , that Dr . Johnson should have been of a
profession . I repeated the remark to Johnson , that I might have his own thoughts
It is impossible to do the same thing very often , without some peculiarity of
manner : but that manner may be good or bad , and a little care will at least
preserve it from being bad : to make it good , there must , I think , be something of
natural or ...
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