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FROM DR. JoHNSON TO DIFFERENT PERSONs,
From January, 1764, to December, 1775; published by Mr. Croker in the first and subsequent editions of his “Boswell's Life of Johnson.”
TO MISS PORTER.
“London, Jan. 10, 1764. “My DEAR, I WAS in hopes that you would have written to me before this time, to tell me that your house was finished, and that you were happy in it. I am sure I wish you happy. By the carrier of this week you will receive a box, in which I have put some books, most of which were your poor dear mamma's, and a diamond ring, which I hope you will wear as my new year's gift. If you receive it with as much kindness as I send it, you will not slight it, you will be very fond of it. “Pray give my service to Kitty, who, I hope, keeps pretty well. I know not now when I shall come down; I believe it will not be very soon. But I shall be glad to hear of you from time to time. “I wish you, my dearest, many happy years; take what care you can of your health. I am, my dear, your affectionate humble servant, “SAM. Johnson.” Pearson MSS.
“DEAR SIR, “I know that great regard will be had to your opinion of an Edition of Shakspeare. I desire therefore, to secure an honest prejudice in my favour by securing your suffrage, and that this prejudice may really be honest, I wish you would name such plays as you would see, and they shall be sent you by, Sir, your most humble servant, “SAM. Johnson.” Upcott MSS.
TO GEORGE STRAHAN.
University College, Oxford. “May 25, 1765. “DEAR SIR, “That I have answered neither of your letters you must not impute to any declension of good will, but merely to the want of something to say. I suppose you pursue your studies diligently, and diligence will seldom fail of success. Do not tire yourself so much with Greek one day as to be afraid of looking on it the next; but give it a certain portion of time, suppose four hours, and pass the rest of the day in Latin or English. I would have you learn French, and take in a literary journal once a month, which will accustom you to various subjects, and inform you what learning is going forward in the world. Do not omit to mingle some lighter books with those of more importance; that which is read remisso animo is often of great use, and takes great hold of the remembrance. However, take what course you will, if you be diligent you will be a scholar. I am, dear Sir, yours affectionately, SAM. JoHNson.” Rose MSS.
TO DF. JOSEPH WARTON. “Oct. 9, 1765. “DEAR SIR, “Mrs. Warton uses me hardly in supposing that I could forget so much kindness and civility as she showed me at Win