He upon another occasion , when a friend mentioned to him several extraordinary facts , as communicated to him by the circumnavigators , slyly observed , “ Sir , I never before knew how much I was respected by these gentlemen ...
He was the authour of a Hudibrastic version of Maphæus's Canto , in addition to the Æneid ; of some poems in Dodsley's collections ; and various other small pieces ; but being a very modest man , never put his name to any thing .
He once observed to me , “ Whatever opinion Johnson maintains , I will not say that he convinces me ; but he never fails to shew me , that he has good reasons for it . ” I have heard Johnson pay his Lordship this high compliment : “ I ...
“ At least I never wished to have a child . ” Mr. Murphy mentioned Dr. Johnson's having a design to publish an edition of Cowley . Johnson said , he did not know but he should ; and he expressed his disapprobation of Dr. Hurd ...
Very probably he had trusted to Shiels's word , and never looked at it so as to compare it with “ The Lives of the Poets , ” as published under Mr. Cibber's name . What became of that manuscript I know not . I should have liked much to ...
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