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JOHNSON : “ Consider , Sir , would any of them have been willing to have had it known that they intrigued with France ? Depend upon it , Sir , he who does what he is afraid should be known , has something rotten about him .
He , however , allowed the merit of good wit to his Lordship's saying of Lord Tyrawley and himself , when both very old and infirm : “ Tyrawley and I have been dead these two years ; but we don't choose to have it known .
Hermes , the best known of his writings , was published in 1751 ; a Philosophical Inquiry concerning Language and Universal Grammar , written , says Coleridge , with the precision of Aristotle and the elegance of Quintilian .
He may have been a clergyman , . and may have thought that his religious counsels would have less weight when known to come from a man whose profession was theology . He may have been a man whose practice was not suitable to his ...
I will do you , Boswell , the justice to say , that you are the most unscottified of your countryYou are almost the only instance of a Scotchman that I have known , who did not at every other sentence bring in some other Scotchman .
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