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obliged by any favourable notice which they shall 1783. have the honour of receiving from you.

Ætat. 74. “ I am, Sir,

“ Your most humble servant, " London, May 31, 1783.

“ SAM. Johnson."

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The following is another instance of his active benevolence:

TO SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS.

DEAR SIR,

“ I have sent you some of my god-son's? performances, of which I do not pretend to form any opinion. When I took the liberty of mentioning him to you, I do not know what I have since been told, that Mr. Moser had admitted him among the Students of the Academy. What more can be done for him, I earnestly entreat you to consider; for I am very desirous that he should derive some advantage from my connection with him. If you are inclined to see him, I will bring him to wait on you, at any time that you shall be pleased to appoint.

“ I am, Sir,

“ Your most humble servant, « June 2, 1783.

" SAM. JOHNSON."

My anxious apprehensions at parting with him this year, proved to be but too well founded; for not long afterwards he had a dreadful stroke of the palsy, of which there are very full and accurate accounts in letters written by himself, to shew with

? Son of Mr. Samuel Patterson,

1783. what. composure of mind, and resignation to the Ætat. 742

Divine Will, his steady piety enabled him to behave.

TO MR. EDMUND ALLEN.

DEAR SIR,

“ It has pleased God, this morning, to deprive me of the powers of speech; and as I do not know but that it may be his further good pleasure to deprive me soon of my senses, I request you will on the receipt of this note, come to me, and act for me, as the exigences of my case may require.

66 I am,

Sincerely yours,

" SAM. JOHNSON.”'

« June 17, 1783.

TO THE REVEREND DR. JOHN TAYLOR.

with you,

DEAR SIR,

“ IT has pleased God, by a paralytick stroke in the right, to deprive me of speech.

“ I am very desirous of Dr. Heberden's assistance, as I think my case is not past remedy. Let me see you as soon as it is possible. Bring Dr. Heberden

if you can; but come yourself at all events. I am glad you are so well, when I am so dreadfully attacked.

“ I think that by a speedy application of stimuJants much may be done, I question if a vomit, vigorous and rough, would not rouse the organs of speech to action. As it is too early to send, I will try to recollect what I can, that can be suspected to have brought on this dreadful distress.

“ I have been accustomed to bleed frequently for an asthmatick complaint; but haye forborne for

some time by Dr. Pepys's persuasion, who perceived 1783. my legs beginning to swell. I sometimes alleviate a Ætat. 74. painful, or more properly an oppressive, constriction of my chest, by opiates; and have lately taken opium frequently, but the last, or two last times, in smaller quantities. My largest dose is three grains, and last night I took but two. You.will suggest these things (and they are all that I can call to mind) to Dr. Heberden.

" I am, &c. « June 17, 1783.

“SAM, JOHNSON."

Two days after he wrote thus to Mrs. Thrale:

“ On Monday, the 16th, I sat for my picture, and walked a considerable way with little inconvenience. In the afternoon and evening I felt myself light and easy, and began to plan schemes of life. Thus I went to bed, and in a short time waked and sat up, as has been long my custom, when I felt a confusion and indistinctness in my head, which lasted, I suppose, about half a minute. I was alarmed, and prayed God, that however he might afflict my body, he would spare my understanding This prayer, that I might try the integrity of my faculties, I made in Latin verse. The lines were not very good, but I knew them not to be very good: I made them easily, and concluded myself to be unimpaired in my faculties.

“ Soon after I perceived that I had suffered a paralytick stroke, and that my speech was taken from

I had no pain, and so little dejection in this dreadful state, that I wondered at my own apathy,

me.

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1783. and considered that perhaps death itself, when it

should come, would excite less horrour than seems Ætat. 74.

now to attend it.

“ In order to rouse the vocal organs, I took two drams. Wine has been celebrated for the production of eloquence. I put myself into violent motion, and I think repeated it; but all was vain. I then went to bed, and strange as it may seem, I think slept. When I saw light, it was time to contrive what I should do. Though God stopped my speech, he left me my hand; I enjoyed a mercy which was not granted to my dear friend Lawrence, who now perhaps overlooks me as I am writing, and rejoices that I have what he wanted. My first note was necessarily to my servant, who came in talking, and could not immediately comprehend why he should read what I put into his hands.

“I then wrote a card to Mr. Allen, that I might have a discreet friend at hand, to act as occasion should require. In penning this note, I had some difficulty ; my hand, I knew not how nor why, made wrong letters. I then wrote to Dr. Taylor to come to me, and bring Dr. Heberden: and I sent to Dr. Brocklesby, who is my neighbour. My physicians are very friendly, and give me great hopes ; but you may imagine my situation. I have so far recovered my vocal powers, as to repeat the Lord's Prayer with no very imperfect articulation. My memory, I hope, yet remains as it was! but such an attack produces solicitude for the safety of every faculty."

1783. TO MR. THOMAS DAVIES.

Etat. 74. s

DEAR SIR;

I have had, indeed, a very heavy blow; but God, who yet spares my life, I humbly hope will spare my understanding, and restore my speech. As I am not at all helpless, I want no particular assistance, but am strongly affected by Mrs. Davies's tenderness; and when I think she can do me good, shall be very glad to call upon her. I had ordered friends to be shut out; but one or two have found the way in; and if you come you shall be admitted: for I know not whom I can see, that will bring more amusement on his tongue, or more kindness in his heart. I am, &c. er June 18, 1783.

« SAM. JOHNSON.'

It gives me great pleasure to preserve such a memorial of Johnson's regard for Mr. Davies, to whom I was indebted for my introduction to him. He indeed loved Davies cordially, of which I shall give the following little evidence. One day when he had treated him with too much asperity, Tom, who was not without pride and spirit, went off in a passion ; but he had hardly reached home, when Frank, who had been sent after him, delivered this note: - Come, come, dear Davies, I am always sorry when we quarrel; send me word that we are friends."

: Poor Derrick, however, though he did not himself introduce me to Dr. Johnson as he promised, had the merit of introducing me to Davies, the immediate introductor,

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