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JOHNSON : “ Sir , Dr. Goldsmith would no more have asked me to write such a thing as that for him , than he would have asked me to feed him with a spoon , or to do any thing else ...
I told Dr. Johnson that I had some intention to write the life of the learned and worthy Thomas Ruddiman . He > 1 a DEGENERATION AND LUXURY 7 said : “ I should take. 1 “ By inscribing this slight performance to you , I do not mean so ...
“ The great thing to be recorded , ” said he , “ is the state of your own mind ; and you should write down every thing that you remember , for you cannot judge at first what is good or bad ; and write immediately while the impression is ...
You see your friend Lord Lyttelton , a nobleman , is obliged in his History to write the most vulgar Whiggism . ” An animated debate took place whether Martinelli should continue his History of England to the present day .
It is laudable in a man to wish to live by his labours ; but he should write so as he may live by them , not so as he may be knocked on the head . I would advise him to be at Calais before he publishes his history of the present age .
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