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“ Seven years, my lord, have now passed, since I waited in your outward rooms, or was repulsed from your door.”—Johnson's Letter to Lord Chesterfield, p. 145.

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OF

SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.

COMPREHENDING

AN ACCOUNT OF HIS STUDIES AND NUMEROUS WORKS,

IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER;

A SERIES OF HIS EPISTOLARY CORRESPONDENCE AND CONVERSATIONS

WITH MANY EMINENT PERSONS;

AND VARIOUS ORIGINAL PIECES OF HIS COMPOSITION, NEVER

BEFORE PUBLISHED:

THE WHOLB BINIBITING A VIEW OF LITERATURE AND LITERARY XRN IN GRRAT BRITAIN,

FOR NEARLY HALF A CENTURY DURING WHICH IR FLOURISIRD.

BY JAMES BOSWELL, Esq.

A NEW EDITION,
ELUCIDATED BY COPIOUS NOTES,

AND ILLUSTRATED WITH NUMEROUS PORTRAITS, VIEWS, AND CHARACTERISTIC DESIGNS,

ENGRAVED FROM AUTHENTIC SOURCES.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.- VOL. I.

LONDON:
ROUTLEDGE, WARNE, AND ROUTLEDGE,

BROADWAY, LUDGATE HILL.
NEW YORK: 129, GRAND STREET.

"After my death I wish no other herald,
No other speaker of my living actions,
To keep mine honour from corruption,
But such an honest chronicler as Griffith."]

SHAKSPEARF, Henry VIII.

i See Dr. Johnson's letter to Mrs. Thrale, dated Ostick in Skie, September 30, 1773: “Boswell writes a regular Journal of our travels. which I think contains as much of what I say and do, as of all other occurrences together; for such a faithful chronicler is Griffith."BOSWELL.

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