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SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.
AN ACCOUNT OF HIS STUDIES,
AND NUMEROUS WORKS,
In Chronological Order;
A SERIES OF HIS EPISTOLARY CORRESPONDENCE;
VARIOUS ORIGINAL PIECES OF HIS COMPOSITION,
NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED:
THE WHOLE EXHIBITING A VIEW OF
Literature and Literary Men
IN GREAT BRITAIN
FOR NEARLY HALF A CENTURY, DURING WHICH HE FLOURISHED.
PRINTED BY AND FOR J. DAVIS, MILITARY CHRONICLE AND MILITARY CLASSICS
ALL THE BOOKSELLERS,
TO BENNET LANGTON, ESQ.
I have an old amanuensis in great distress. I have given what I think I can give, and begged till I cannot tell where to beg again. I put into his hands this morning four guineas. If you could collect three guineas more, it would clear him from his present difficulty. I am, Sir, Your most humble servant,
May 21, 1775.
TO JAMES BOSWELL, ESQ.
I make no doubt but you are now safely lodged in your own habitation, and have told all your adventures to Mrs. Boswell and Miss Veronica. Pray teach Veronica to love me. Bid her not mind mamma.
Mrs. Thrale has taken cold, and been very much disordered, but I hope is grown well. Mr. Langton went yesterday to Lincolnshire, and has invited Nicolaida to follow him. Beauclerk talks of going to Bath. 1 am to set out ou Monday; so there is nothing but dispersion.
I have returned Lord Hailes's entertaining sheets, but must stay till I come back for more, because it will be inconvenient to send them after me in my vagrant state.
I promised Mrs, Macaulay that I would try to serve her son at Oxford. I have not forgotten it, nor am unwilling to perform it. If they desire to give him an English education, it should be considered whether they cannot send him for a year or two to an English school. If he comes immediately from Scotland, he can make no figure in our Universities. The schools in the north, I believe, are cheap; and when I was a young man, were eminently good.
There are two little books published by the Foulis, Telemachus and Collins's Poems, each a shilling; I would be glad to have them.
Make my compliments to Mrs. Boswell, though she does not love me. You see what perverse things ladies are, and how little fit to be trusted with feudal estates. When she mends and loves me, there may be more
hope of her daughters.
I will not send compliments to my friends by name, because I would be loath to leave any out in the enumeration. Tell them, as you see them, how well I speak of Scotch politeness, and Scotch hospitality, and Scotch beauty, and of every thing Scotch, but Scotch oat-cakes, and Scotch prejudices.
Let me know the answer of Rasay, and the decision relating to Sir Allan. Iam, my dearest Sir, with great affection,
Your most obliged, and
May 27, 1775.
Most humble servant,