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elegant choice of language, the effect of which was 1784. aided by his having a loud voice, and a slow delibe
Ætat.75. rate utterance. In him were united a most logical head with a most fertile imagination, which gave him an extraordinary advantage in arguing : for he could reason close or wide, as he saw best for the moment. Exulting in his intellectual strength and dexterity, he could, when he pleased, be the greatest sophist that ever contended in the lists of declamation; and, from a spirit of contradiction, and a delight in shewing his powers, he would often maintain the wrong side with equal warmth and ingenuity; so that, when there was an audience, his real opinions could seldom ke gathered from his talk; though when he was in company with a single friend, he would discuss a subject with genuine fairness; but he was too conscientious to make errour permanent and pernicious, by deliberately writing it; and, in all his numerous works, he earnestly inculcated what appeared to him to be the truth; his piety being constant, and the ruling principle of all his conduct.
Such was SAMUEL JOHNSON, a man whose talents, acquirements, and virtues, were so extraordinary, that the more his character is considered, the more he will be regarded by the present age, and by posterity, with adiniration and reverence.
he prepares for the press. And, therefcre, we cannot sufficiently commend the care which his illustrious friends took to erect a monument so capable of giving him immortal glory. They were not obliged to rectify what they had heard him say; for, in so doing, they had not been faithful historians of his conyersation."
ABERCROMBIE, James, Esq. of Philadelphia, his communi-
cations concerning Dr. Johnson, vol. ii. p. 212.
201; iv. 7, 257, 258, 259.
164, 173, 238, 240, 241, 262; ii. 461; iv. 306, 321,
his style compared with Johnson's, i. 202.
Johnson's Life of, iv. 53, '97.
his early friendship with Charles Townshend, iii. 3.
iii. 464, 465.
Alfred, i. 156.
... bis Will, iv. 142.
... Johnson's letter to, iv. 240.
314; iv. 20, 87.
Rev. Mr. iv. 335.
Mrs. her maiden sister, iii. 145, 443.
.. place of, ii. 427.
of their writing for profit, ii, 177.
should put as much into their books as they will hold,
had better be attacked than unnoticed, ii, 404.
Bacon, Lord Verulam, iii. 211, 212.
his rules for conversation, iv. 249.
his Voyages, ii. 150.
... Johnson's letters to him, ii. 112, 113.
Mr. one of Mr. Thrale's successors, iv. 123,
the first who received copy money in Italy, iii. 177.
Johnson's letters to him, i. 341, 350, 360.
death by attrition: refuted by Johnson, iii. 33.
James, Esq. (the painter,) Johnson's letter to, iv. 214.
his paintings, iv. 235.
Anacreon, iv, 176, 256, 283.