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SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.,
AN ACCOUNT OF HIS
IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER;
A SERIES OF HIS
WITH MANY EMINENT PERSONS;
NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED ;
THE WHOLE EXHIBITING
FOR NEAR HALF A CENTURY DURING WHICH HE FLOURISHED.
BY JAMES BOSWELL, ESQ.
WITH COPIOUS NOTES AND BIOGRAPHICAL ILLUSTRATIONS,
IN FOUR VOLUMES.
PRINTED FOR J. RICHARDSON AND CO.; G. OFFOR; THOMAS TEGG;
W. SHARPE AND SON; G. WALKER; R. DOBSON;
AND R. GRIFFIN AND CO. GLASGOW.
SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D.
He was for some time in the summer at Eas. ton Maudit, Northamptonshire, on a visit to the Reverend Dr. Percy, now Bishop of Dromore. Whatever dissatisfaction he felt at what he considered as a slow progress in intellectual improvement, we find that his heart was tender and his affections warm, as appears from the following very kind letter:
“TO JOSHUA REYNOLDS, ESQ. IN LEICESTER
FIELDS, LONDON. “ DEAR SIR, “I did not hear of your sickness till I heard likewise of your recovery, and therefore escape that part of your pain which every man must feel to whom you are known as you are known to me.
“ Having had no particular account of your disorder, I know not in what state it has left you. If the amusement of my company can exhilarate the languor of a slow recovery, I will not delay a day to come to you; for I know not how I can so effectually promote my own pleasure as by pleasing you, or my own interest as by preserving you, in whom, if I should lose you, I should lose almost the only man whom I call a friend. VOL. II.