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beconomy of a narrow understanding. It is stopping one hole in a sieve.”.. koloroso softentia -Iridexpressed some inclination to publish an account of my Travels upon the continent of Europe, for which I had a variety of materials collected. JOHNSON." I do not say, Sir, you may not publish your travels : i but I give you my opinion, that you would lessen yourself bý it. What can you tell of countries so well known as those upon the continent of Europe, which you have visited ?" : BOSWELL: “ But I can give an entertaining narrative, with many incidents, anecdotes, jeut d'esprit, and remarks, so as to make very pleasant reading.? JOHNSON." Why, Sir, most modern travellers in Europe who have published their travels, have been laughed at: I would not have you added to the num; bers The world is now not contented to be merely entertained by a traveller's narrative; they wants to learn something. Now some of my friends asked me, wbiI did not give some aceount of my travels in France. The reason is- plain; intelligent readers had seen-ngore of France than I had. You might have liked my travels in France, and THE CLUB might have liked them; but upon the whole, there would have been more ridicule than good produced by them." BOSWELL il cannot agree with you, Sir. People would like to read what you say of any thing. Suppose a face has been painted by fifty painters beforejastill we love, tq see it done by Sir Joshua.” JOHNSON. " True, Sir, but Sir Joshua cannot paint a face when he has not time to look on it.
SE O BOSWELL..
Sir, a sketch of Sort by him is valuable. And, Sir, to talk to you in alfyne di connetto a te sdo OVED 0 89098 Wheel bos I believe, however, I shall follow my own opinion; for the world has shewn a very flattering partiality to my writings, on many occa
ons. (Mr. Boswell mentions several intended publịcations in this manner, none of which he lived to execute. A.C]svsword cti sosiy
your own style-(raising my voice, and shaking my head,) you should have given us your travels in France,il
. I am šure I am right, and ithere's an end on'ti" ni 257 I u I said to him that it was certainly true, as my frienă Dempster had: observed in his letter to me upon the subject, that a great part of what was in hislie Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, had been in his mind beforel hê left Londoh. · JOHNSON. " Why yes, Sir; the topicks were'; and books of travels will be good în proportion to what a man has previously in his mind his knowing what to observe; his power of contrasting Onel model of life with another, 2 As the Spanish pro verb says, He, who would bring home the wealth of thie Indies" must carry the wealth of the Indies" with kim.! So, it is in travelling; a man must carry know ledgte with hith, if he would bring home knowledge. BošWELLIThe proverb, I suppose, Sir; 'means, he must càrry ia large stock with him to trade with.?? JOHNSON. “ Yes, Sir.”
-2330119 SIIt was a delightful day; as we walked to St Clément's Church, "siz againremarked that Fleetustreet swas the MOST (cheerful scene in the world tomt Fleetstreet!(said 1,9 is:lin bmy mind more delightful than Tempé!" JOHNSON! «Ay, Sir, båtlet it be compared with Multi siThere was a very humerous congregation to-day at St. Clenient's church, which Dr. Johnson said thel obi berved with pleasurelt soeudet ni bumetni <b16 nba bo And now I am tò giveça pretty full'account of one of the most curibus incidents in Johnson's life, of which he himself has made the following minute on this days at Ini my return' from churchy I was accosted by Edwards, an old fellowregllegian, who hadi not seen melsince 1729 He knew I mel and asked lif (I i derhembered ones Edwards; I did not at first recollect the name, but gradually as we walked alongi crespvered it, and told him a conversation that had passed at an ale-house, between HS, 1 My purpose is to continue, our acquaintanceola ulot
It was in Bụtcher-rom that this meeting happened Mr Edwards, who was a decent-looking elderly man in grey.clothes, and a wig of many curls, accosted Johnson with familiar confidence, kpowing who he was, while Johnson returned his salutation with a courteous formality, as to a stranger. But as soon as Edwards, had brought to his recollection their having been at Pem broke-Colleget together onine-and-forty years agore
he seemed much pleased, asked where he lived, and said he should be glad to see him in Bolt-court. 7, EDWARDS, 16. Ah, Sir! we are old men now," JOHNSON, (who never liked to think of being old;)" Don't let us discourage, one another:" EDWARDS. 1. Why Doctor you look stqut, and heartya:iI am happy to see you $0. for the newspapers, told us you were very ill.",
ill.” JOHN SON...“ Ay, Sir, they are always telling lies of us old fellows.
VOOR, "Wishing to be present at more of a singular a conversation as that between two fellow-collegians who had lived forty years in London without ever having chanced to meet, I whispered to: Mr. Edwards, that Dn Johnson was going home, and that, he had better, age epmpany him now, $o Edwards walked along with us, Leagerly assisting to keep up the conversation Mr. Edwards informed Dr. Johnson that he had practised long as a solicitor in Chancery, but that he now lived in the country upon a little farm, about sixty acres, just by Stevenage in Hertfordshire, and that he came to London (to Barnard's Inn, No. 6) generally twice a week. Johnson appearing to be in a reverie, Mr. Edwards addressed himself to me and expatiated on herguranin adi gallegar 3:2 inhib antiske hlat (wPrayers and Meditations, p. 4. 164. OWER VAN
the pleasure of living in the country. BosWELL. “ I have no notion of this, Sir. What you have to entertain you, is, I think, exhausted in half an hour.” EDWARDS. “ What? don't you love to have hope realized ? I see my grass and my corn, and my trees growing. Now, for instance, I am curious to see if this frost has not nipped my fruit-trees.” JOHNSON, (who we did not imagine was attending :) “ You find, Sir, you have fears as well as hopes.”—So well did he see the whole, when another saw but the half of a subject.
When we got to Dr. Johnson's house, and were seated in his library, the dialogue went on admirably. EDWARDS, " Sir, I remember you would not let us say prodigious at College. For even then, Sir, (turning to me, he was delicate in language, and we all feared him.” 4 JOHNSON, (to Edwards :) “ From your having practised the law long, Sir, I presume you must be rich.” EDWARDS. “ No, Sir; I got a good deal of money ; but I had a number of poor relations to whom I gave a great part of it.” JOHNSON. “ Sir, you have been rich in the most valuable sense of the word.” EDWARDS. 6 But I shall not die rich." JOHNSON. “ Nay, sure, Sir, it is better to live rich than to die rich.” EDWARDS. “I wish I had continued at College. JOHNSON. “ Why do you wish that, Sir?” EDWARDS. 66 Because I think I should have had a much easier life than mine has been. I should have been a parson, and had a good living, like Bloxham and several others, and lived comfortably." JOHNSON. “Sir, the life of a parson, of a conscientious clergyman, is not easy.
I have always considered a clergyman as the father of a
4 Johnson said to me afterwards, “Sir, they respected me for my literature; and yet it was not great but by comparison. Sir, it is amazing how little literature there is in the world.". VOL. III.
larger family than he is able to maintain. I would rather have Chancery suits upon my hands than the cure of souls. No, Sir, I do not envy a clergyman's life as an easy life, nor do I envy the clergyman who makes it an easy life.”—Here taking himself up all of a sudden, he exclaimed, “O! Mr. Edwards, I'll convince you that I recollect you. Do you remember our drinking together at an alehouse near Pembroke-gate? At that time, you told me of the Eton boy, who, when verses on our SAVIOUR’s turning water into wine were prescribed as an exercise, brought up a single line, which was highly admired:
• Vidit et erubuit lympha pudica Deum;'S and I told you of another fine line in · Camden's Remains,' an eulogy upon one of our Kings, who was succeeded by his son, a prince of equal merit:
Mira cano, Sol occubuit, nox nulla secuta est.'” EDWARDS. “ You are a philosopher, Dr. Johnson. I have tried too in my time to be a philosopher; but, I don't know how, cheerfulness was always breaking in.”—Mr. Burke, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Mr. Courtenay,
5 [This line has frequently been attributed to Dryden, when a King's Scholar at Westminster. But neither Eton nor Westminster have in truth any claim to it, the line being borrowed, with a slight change, (as Mr. Bindley has observed to me), from an Epigram by Richard Crashaw, which was published in his EPIGRAMMATA SACRA, first printed at Cambridge without the authour's name, in 1634, 8vo. The original is much more elegant than the copy, the water being personified, and the word on which the point of the Epigram turns, being reserved to the close of the line:
" JOANN. 2.
Aquæ in vinum versæ.
“ Quæ rosa mirantes tam nova mutat aquas ?
" Nympha pudica Deum vidit, et erubuit." MALONE.]