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SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D.
AN ACCOUNT OF HIS STUDIES,
AND NUMEROUS WORKS,
IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER;
A SERIES OF HIS EPISTOLARY CORRESPONDENCE
AND CONVERSATIONS WITH MANY EMINENT PERSONS;
Various Original Pieces of his Composition,
NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED:
THE WHOLE EXHIBITING A VIEW OF LITERATURE AND LITERARY
BY JAMES BOSWELL, ESQ.
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A NEW EDITION.
COPIOUS NOTES AND BIOGRAPHICAL ILLUSTRATIONS,
IN FIVE VOLUMES.
PRINTED FOR J. RICHARDSON AND CO.; G. OFFOR; J. SHARPE AND
SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D
On the 5th of March I wrote to him, requesting his counsel whether I should this spring come to London. I stated to him on he one hand some pecuniary embarrassments, which, together with my wife's situation at that time, made me hesitate; and, on the other, the pleasure and improvement which my annual visit to the metropolis always afforded me; and particularly mentioned a peculiar satisfaction which I experienced in celebrating the festival of Easter in St. Paul's cathedral; that to my fancy it appeared like going up to Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover; and that the strong devotion which I felt on that occasion diffused its influence on my mind through the rest of the year.
66 TO JAMES BOSWELL, ESQ
[Not dated, but written about the 15th of March.]
"I AM ashamed to think that since I received your letter I have passed so many days without answering it.