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surprised to hear you say so ; they spring from me, that peace and good-will towards man were two different sources, and are distinct perceptions: the natural emanations of his heart, one respects this world, the other the next.' A When travelling with a lady 3 in Devonshire, LADY. I think, however, that a person who in a post-chaise, near the charchyard of Wea, has got rid of shame is in a fair way to get rid of near Torrington, in which she saw the verdant conscience.' Johnson. "Yes, 'tis a part of monument of maternal affection described in the the way, I grant; but there are degrees at which Melancholy Tale, and heard the particular exmen stop, some for the fear of men, some for the cumstances relating to the subject of it; and a fear of God: shame arises from the fear of men, she was relating them to Dr. Johnson, she bend conscience from the fear of God.'
him heave heavy sighs and sobs, and turning road “ Dr. Johnson seemed to delight in drawing she saw his dear face bathed in tears! A circuscharacters ; and when he did so con amore, de- stance he had probably forgotten when he wou lighted every one that heard him. Indeed I can at the end of the manuscript poem with his carnot say I ever heard him draw any con odio, though recting pen in red ink, I know not rohen / deze he professed himself to be, or at least to love, a been so much affected. good hater. But I have remarked that his dis “ I believe no one has described his extraordi. like of any one seldom prompted him to say much nary gestures or anticks with his hands and feeling nore than that the fellow is a blockhead, a poor particularly when passing over the threshold of a creature, or some such epithet.
door, or rather before he would venture to pass “ I shall never forget the exalted character he through any doorway. On entering Sir Joshua drew of his friend Mr. Langton, nor with what house with poor Mrs. Williams, a blind lady who energy, what fond delight, he expatiated in his lived with him, he would quit her hand, or ele praise, giving him every excellence that nature whirl her about on the steps as he whirled and could bestow, and every perfection that humanity twisted about to perform his gesticulations; and could acquire'. A literary lady was present, as soon as he had finished, he would give a saddes Miss H. More, who perhaps inspired him with spring, and make such an extensive stride over the an unusual ardour to shine, which indeed he did threshold, as if he was trying for a wager how fire with redoubled lustre, deserving himself the prai- he could stride, Mrs. Williams standing grape ses he bestowed: not but I have often heard him about outside the door, unless the servant tiek speak in terms equally high of Mr. Langton, hold of her hand to conduct her in, leaving by though more concisely expressed.
Johnson to perform at the parlour door macht: • This brings to my remembrance the unparal- same exercise over again. leled eulogium which the late Lord Bath made on “But it was not only at the entrance of a doen a lady he was intimately acquainted with, in that he exhibited such strange manæutres, speaking of her to Sir Joshua Reynolds. His across a room or in the street with compar, lordship said that he did not believe that there has stopped on a sudden, as if he had recolected ever was a more perfect human being created, his task, and began to perform it there, gatherm or ever would be created, than Mrs. Montagu. a mob round him; and when he had fishes I give the very words I heard from Sir Joshua's would hasten to his companion (who probably mouth; from whom also I heard that he repeated walked on before) with an air of great satisisus them to Mr. Burke-observing that Lord Bath that he had done his duty! could not have said more, ' And I do not think “ One Sunday morning, as I was walking at that he said too much,' was Mr. Burke's reply. him in Twickenham meadows, he began his * I have also heard Dr. Johnson speak of this lady ticks both with his feet and hands, with the '93 in terms of high admiration. [Ante, p. 66.] as if he was holding the reins of a horse list :
“On the praises of Mrs. Thrale he used to jockey on full speed. But to describe the street dwell with a peculiar delight, a paternal fondness, positions of his feet is a difficult task; sonetos expressive of conscious exultation in being so in- he would make the back part of his heels to tiem timately acquainted with her. One day, in speak- sometimes his toes, as if he was aiming at makaze ing of her to Mr. Harris, authour of • Hermes, and the form of a triangle, at least the two sides at expatiating on her various perfections,—the solid one. Though, indeed, whether these were di ity of her virtues, the brilliancy of her wit, and gestures on this particular occasion in Twickenbau the strength of her understanding, &c.—he quoted meadows I do not recollect, it is so long since: some lines (a stanza I believe, but from what au I well remember that they were so extraones thour I know not), with which he concluded his that men, women, and children gathered To most eloquent eulogium, and of these I retained him, laughing. At last we sat down on some lo but the two last lines ? :
of wood by the river side, and they nearly • Virtues-of such a generous kind,
persed; when he pulled out of his pocket * 6 Good in the last recesses of the mind.' tius de Veritate Religionis,' over which he * “ It will doubtless appear highly paradoxical to sawed at snch a violent rate as to excited the generality of the world to say, that few men, curiosity of some people at a distance to come : in his ordinary disposition, or common frame of see what was the matter with him. mind, could be more inoffensive than Dr. Johnson; yet surely those who knew his uniform be 3 [Miss Reynolds herself; and the Melanckoły Tu nevolence, and its actuating principles-steady
was probably a poem which he had written on D
event, wliatever it was.-ED. virtue, and true holiness—will readily agree with 4 (Mr. Boswell frequently (vol. i. pp. 56 and 325
Mr. Whyte (ante, vol. i. pp. 215 and 510), hare deschi 1 (See ante, pp. 141 and 379.-Ed.)
his gestures very strikingly, thongh not quite in so di 2 Being so particularly engaged as not to be able to
ynolds. Mr. Boswell's description tend to them sufficiently.—Miss REYNOLDS.
must have seen. -ED.)
detail as Miss
" He always carried a religious treatise in his origin to his strict, his rigid principles of religion pocket on a Sunday, and he used to encourage and virtue; and the shadowy parts of his character, me to relate to him the particular parts of Scrip- his rough, unaccommodating manners, were in tore I did not understand, and to write them down general to be ascribed to those corporeal defects as they occurred to me in reading the Bible. that I have already observed naturally tended to
“ As we were returning from the meadows that darken his perceptions of what may be called proday, I remember we met Sir John Hawkins, priety and impropriety in general conversation; whom Dr. Johnson seemed much rejoiced to see; and of course in the ceremonious or artificial and no wonder, for I have often heard him speak sphere of society gave his deportment so contrastof Sir John in terms expressive of great esteem ing an aspect to the apparent softness and general and much cordiality of friendship. On his asking uniformity of cultivated manners. Dr. Johnson when he had seen Dr. Hawkesworth, “ And perhaps the joint influence of these two he roared out with great vehemency, · Hawkes- primeval causes, his intellectual excellence and his worth is grown a coxcomb, and I have done with corporeal defects, mutually contributed to give his him.' We drank tea that afternoon at Sir J.
manners a greater degree of harshness than they Ilawkins's, and on our return I was surprised to would have had if only under the influence of one hear Dr. Johnson's minute criticism on Lady of them, the imperfect perceptions of the one not llawkins's dress, with every part of which almost unfrequently producing misconceptions in the he found fault. [Ante, p. 69.]
other. " Few people (I have heard him say) under- “ Besides these, many other equally natural stood the art of carving better than himself ; but causes concurred to constitute the singularity of that it would be highly indecorous in him to at- Dr. Johnson's character. Doubtless the progress tempt it in company, being so nearsighted, that it of his education had a double tendency to brighten required a suspension of his breath during the and to obscure it. But I must observe, that this operation.
obscurity (implying only his awkward uncouth "I must be owned indeed that it was to be re- appearance, his ignorance of the rules of politegretted that he did not practise a litle of that ness, &c.) would have gradually disappeared at a delicacy in eating, for he appeared to want breath more advanced period, at least could have had no more at that time than usual.
manner of influence to the prejudice of Dr. John“ It is certain that he did not appear to the best son's character, had it not been associated with advantage at the bour of repast; but of this he was those corporeal defects above mentioned. perfectly unconscious, owing probably to his being unhappily his untaught, uncivilized iotally ignorant of the characteristic expressions of seemed to render every little indecorum or improthe bunan countenance, and therefore he could priety that he commiited doubly indecorous and have no conception that his own expressed when improper." most pleased any thing displeasing to others; for, though, when particularly directing his attention towards any object to spy out defects or perfec
II. tions, he generally succeeded better than most men; partly, perhaps, from a desire to excite adiniration of his perspicacity, of which he was not a little ambitious—yet I have heard him say, and [The Editor is well aware of the general I have otien perceived, that he could not dis
inaccuracy of what are called anecdotes, tinguish any man's face half a yard distant from
and has accordingly admitted very few him, not even his most intimate acquaintance.
additions of that kind to either the text (Ante, pp. 187, and 286.] “ 'Though it cannot be said that he was in
or notes of this work; but there are
several anecdotes current in literature manners gentle, yet it justly can that he was in atiections mild, benevolent, and compassionate;
and sociely, which the reader may not be and to this combination of character may I believe
sorry to see in this place. Some of them be ascribed in a great measure his extraordinary
stand on the authority of the relater; celebrity; his being beheld as a phenomenon or
some are confirmed by, or confirmatory wonder of the age!
of anecdotes already told; others again ** And yet Dr. Johnson's character, singular as require to be noticed either for explanait certainly was from the contrast of his mental tion or correction; and all may be conendowinents with the roughness of his manners, sidered as fairly coming within the scope was, I believe, perfectly natural and consistent of a work the peculiar object of which is throughout; and to those who were intimately to collect into one view all that can eluciacquainted with bim must I imagine have ap- date the biography of Dr. Johnson.] peared so. For being totally devoid of all deceit, Ep. Free from every tinge of affectation or ostentation, and unwarped by any vice, his singularities, those
SOME ACCOUNT OF DR. JOHNSON. susong lights and shades that so peculiarly dis tinguish his character, may the more easily be
FROM MR. CUMBERLAND'S MEMOIRS. traced to their primary and natural causes.
“Who will say that Johnson would have been *“ 'The luminous parts of bis character, his soft such a champion in literature-such a front-rank affections, and I should suppose his strong intel- soldier in the fields of fame, if he had not been lectual powers, at least the dignified charm or pressed into the service, and driven on to glory radiancy of them, must be allowed to owe their with the bayonet of sharp necessity pointed at his
VOL. 11. 63
MISCELLANEOUS ANECDOTES OF DR.
back? If fortune had turned him into a field of bob wig, was the style of his wardrobe, but they clover, he would have laid down and rolled in it. were in perfectly good trim, and with the ladies, The mere manual labour of writing would not which he generally met, he had nothing of the have allowed his lassitude and love of ease to slovenly philosopher about him ; he fed heartily, have taken the pen out of the inkhorn, unless the but not voraciously, and was extremely courteos cravings of hunger had reminded him that he in his commendations of any dish that pleased bis must fill the sheet before he saw the table-cloth. palate ; he suffered his next neighbour to squeeze He might indeed have knocked down Osburne for the China oranges into his wine-glass after dander, a blockhead, but he would not have knocked him which else perchance had gone aside and trickied down with a folio of his own writing. He would into his shoes, for the good man had neither perhaps have been the dictator of a club, and straight sight nor steady nerves. wherever he sat down to conversation, there must “ At the tea-table he had considerable demands have been that splash of strong bold thought about upon his favourite beverage, and I remember when him, that we might still have had a collectanea Sir Joshua Reynolds at my house reminded two after his death; but of prose I guess not much, of that he had drank eleven cups, he replied, " Sir, I works of labour none, of fancy perhaps something did not count your glasses of wine, why shoal) more, especially of poetry, which under favour I you number up my cups of tea?' And then laughconceive was not his tower of strength. I think ing, in perfect good-humour he added, "Sir, 1 we should have had his Rasselas at all events, for should have released the lady from any further he was likely enough to have written at Voltaire, trouble if it had not been for your remark; bei and brought the question to the test, if infidelity you have reminded me that I want one of the is any aid to wit. An orator he must have been; dozen, and I must request Mrs. Camberland to not improbably a parliamentarian, and, if such, round up my number.” When he saw the read. certainly an oppositionist, for he preferred to talk iness and complacency with wbieb my wife ober. against the tide. He would indubitably have been ed his call, he turned a kind and cheerful look no member of the Whig Club, no partisan of upon her, and said, Madam, I nrust tell you for Wilkes, no friend of Hume, no believer in Mac- your comfort, you have escaped much better than pherson; he would have put up prayers for early a certain lady did awhile ago, upon whose patience rising, and laid in bed all day, and with the most I intruded greatly more than I have done a active resolutions possible been the most indolent yours ; but the lady asked me for no other mortal living. He was a good man by nature, a purpose than to make a zany of me, and set ze great man by genius; we are now to inquire what gabbling to a parcel of people I knew nothing he was by compulsion.
of ; so, madam, 1 had my revenge of her ; for I “ Johnson's first style was naturally energetic, swallowed five-and-twenty cups of her tea, and ad his middle style was turgid to a fault, his latter not treat her with as many words.' I can edly style was softened down and harmonized into pe- say my wife would have made tea for hia s riods, more tuneful and more intelligible. His long as the New River could have supplied her execution was rapid, yet his mind was not easily with water. provoked into exertion; the variety we find in his " It was on such occasions he was to be sent writings was not the variety of choice arising from in his happiest moments, when animated by the the impulse of his proper genius, but tasks im- cheering attention of friends whom he liked, posed upon him by the dealers in ink, and con- would give fall scope to those talents for parta tracts on his part submitted to in satisfaction of in which I verily think he was unrivalled both in the pressing calls of hungry want; for, painful as the brilliancy of his wit, the flow of his hameer, it is to relate, I have heard that illustrious scholar and the energy of his language. Anecdotes de assert (and he never varied from the truth of fact) times past, scenes of his own life, and characters that he subsisted himself for a considerable space of humourists, enthusisasts, crack-brained projects of time upon the scanty pittance of fourpence half-ors, and a variety of strange beings that be bsd penny per day. Alas! I am not fit to paint his chanced upon, when detailed by him at length. character ; nor is there need of it ; Etiam and garnished with those episodical remarks, some mortuus loquitur : every man, who can buy a times comic, sometimes grave, which he would book, has bought a Boswell: Johnson is known throw in with infinite fertility of fancy, were : to all the reading world. I also knew him well, treat, which though not always to be purchased respected him highly, loved him sincerely : it was by five-and-twenty cups of tea, I have often tand never my chance to see him in those moments of the happiness to enjoy for less than half the moroseness and ill-humour which are imputed to ber. him, perhaps with truth, for who would slander “ He was easily led into topics ; it was set him? But I am not warranted by any experience easy to turn him from them ; but who woud of those humours to speak of him otherwise than wish it? If a man wanted to show himself of of a friend, who always mct me with kindness, and by getting up and riding upon him, he was sure from whom I never separated without regret. to run restive and kick him off; you might as When I sought his company he had no capricious safely have backed Bucephalus, before Alerander excuses for withholding it, but lent himself to bad lunged him. Neither did he always like every invitation with cordiality, and brought be over-fondled: when a certain gentleman eat good-humour with him, that gave life to the circle acted his part in this way, he is said to bare de he was in.
manded of him, 'What provokes your risibilty, "He presented himself always in his fashion of sir ? Have I said any thing that you understand? ap rel : a brown coat with metal buttons, black Then I ask pardon of the rest of the company.' waistcoat and worsted stockings, with a flowing But this is Henderson's anecdote of him, and I
won't swear he did not make it himself. The had the honour to be deputed to that office. I following apology, however, I myself drew from planted himn in an upper box, pretty nearly over him; when speaking of his tour, I observed to the stage, in full view of the pit and galleries, and him upon some passages as rather too sharp upon perfectly well situated to give the echo all its play a country and people who had entertained him so through the hollows and recesses of the theatre. handsomely: • Do you think so, Cumbey?' he The success of our manæuvres was complete. replied; then I give you leave to say, and you All eyes were upon Johnson, who sate in the may quote me for it, that there are more gentle- front row of a side box, and when he laughed, men in Scotland than there are shoes.'
every body thought themselves warranted to roar. “ But I don't relish these sayings, and I am to In the mean time my friend Drummond followed blame for retailing them: we can no more judge signals with a rattle so irresistibly comic, that, of men by these droppings from their lips, than when he had repeated it several times, the attenwe can guess at the contents of the river Nile by tion of the spectators was so engrossed by his pera pitcher of its water. If we were to estimate son and performances, that the progress of the the wise men of Greece by Laertius's scraps of play seemed likely to become a secondary object, their sayings, what a parcel of old women should and I found it prudent to insinuate to him that he we account them to have been !
might halt his nasic without any prejudice to the “When Mr. Colman, then manager of Covent- authour; but, alas! it was now too late to rein garden theatre, protested against Goldsmith's last him in; he had laughed upon my signal where he comedy, when as yet he had not struck upon a found no joke, and now unluckily he fancied that name for it, Johnson stood forth in all his terrors he found a joke in almost every thing that was as champion for the piece, and backed by us, his said; so that nothing in nature could be more clients and retainers, demanded a fair trial. Col-mal-a-propos than some of his bursts every now man again protested ; but, with that salvo for his and then were. These were dangerous moments, own reputation, liberally lent his stage to one of for the pit began to take umbrage ; but we carthe most eccentric productions that ever found ried our play through, and triumphed not only over its way to it, and She Stoops to Conquer was Colman's judgment, but our own. put into rehearsal.
“I have heard Dr. Johnson relate with infinite “We were not over-sanguine of success, but humour the circumstance of his rescuing Goldperfectly determined to struggle hard for our au- smith from a ridiculous dilemma by the purchasethoar: we accordingly assembled our strength at money of his Vicar of Wakefield, which he sold the Shakspeare Tavern in a considerable body for on his behalf to Dodsley, and, as I think, for the an early dinner, where Sannuel Johnson took the sum of ten pounds only? He had run up a debt chair at the head of a long table, and was the life with his landlady for board and lodging of some and soul of the corps : the poet took post silently few pounds, and was at his wits' end how to by his side, with the Burkes, Sir Joshua Reynolds, wipe off the score and keep a roof over his head, Fitzherbert', Caleb Whitefoord, and a phalanx of except by closing with a very staggering proposal North-British pre-determined applauders, under on her part, and taking his creditor to wife, the banner of Major Mills, all good men and true. whose charms were very far from alluring, whilst Our illustrious friend was in inimitable glee, and her demands were extremely urgent. In this cripoor Goldsmith that day took all his raillery as sis of his fate he was found by Johnson in the act patiently and complacently as my friend Boswell of meditating on the melancholy alternative before would have done any day, or every day of his life. him. He showed Johnson his manuscript of The In the mean time we did not forget our duty, and Vicar of Wakefield, but seemed to be without though we had a better comedy going on, in any plan, or even bope, of raising money upon which Johnson was chief actor, we betook our the disposal of it: when Johnson cast his eye selves in good time to our separate and allotted upon it, he discovered something that gave him posts, and waited the awful drawing up of the hope, and immediately took it to Dodsley, who curtain. As our stations were pre-concerted, so paid down the price above mentioned in ready were our signals for plaudits arranged and deter- money, and added an eventual condition upon its mined upon in a manner that gave every one future sale. Johnson described the precautions his cue where to look for them, and how to fol- he took in concealing the amount of the sum he low them up.
had in hand, which he prudently administered to “ We had amongst us a very worthy and effi- him by a guinea at a time. In the event he paid cient member, long since lost to his friends and off the landlady's score, and redeemed the person the world at large, Adam Drummond, of arniable of his friend from her embraces. Goldsmith had inemory, who was gifted by nature with the most the joy of finding his ingenious work succeed besonorous, and at the same time the most conta- yond his hopes, and from that time began to place gious laugh, that ever echoed from the human a confidence in the resources of his talents, which lungs. The neighing of the horse of the son of thenceforward enabled him to keep his station in Hystaspes was a whisper to it; the whole thun-society, and cultivate the friendship of many emider of ihe theatre could not drown it. This kind nent persons, who, whilst they smiled at his and ingenuous friend fairly forewarned us that he eccentricities, esteemed him for his genius and knew no more when to give his fire than the can- good qualities. non did that was planted on a battery. He desired therefore to have a flapper at his elbow, and I 2 [Another misinke. See ante, vol. I. p. 187. But it
would really seem as if Dr. Johnson himself sometimes 1 [A mistake. " She Stoops to Conquer" was played varied in telling this story, for Hawkins, Mrs. Piozzi, on Monday the 15th March, 1773. Mr. Fitzherbert died Cumberland and Boswell, all have different versions. early in 1772.-E..]
The least credible seems to be Cumberland's.-Ev.)
• Garrick was followed to the Abbey by a pious ; yet in his Rasselas we bave mach to adlong extended train of friends, illustrious for their mire, and enough to make us wish for more. It is the rank and genius. I saw old Samuel Johnson work of an illuminated mind, and offers many standing beside his grave, at the foot of Shaks- wise and deep reflections, clothed in beautiful and peare's monument, and bathed in tears. A few harmonious diction. We are not indeed fagilar succeeding years laid him in earth ; and thou with such personages as Johnson had imagined a the marble shall preserve for ages the exact re- the characters of his fable, but if we are not essemblance of his form and features, liis own strong ceedingly interested in their story, we are infinitepen has pictured out a transcript of his mind, that ly gratified with their conversation and remarks, shall outlive that and the very language which he In conclusion, Johnson's era was not wanting in laboured to perpetuate. Johnson's best days men to be distinguished for their talents, set if were dark; and only when his life was far in the one was to be selected out as the first great Iteradecline, he enjoyed a gleam of fortune long with- ry character of the time, I believe all voices would held. Compare him with his countryman and concur in naming him. Let me here insert the contemporary last mentioned, and it will be one following lines, descriptive of his character, though instance among many, that the man who only not long since written by me, and to be found in brings the muse's bantlings into the world has a a public print : better lot in it than he who has the credit of be
“ON SAMUEL Jonsson getting them.
" Herculean strength and a Stentorian voice, “ Shortly after Garrick's death, Dr. Johnson
Of wit a fund, of words a countless choice: was told in a large company, “You are recent In learning rather various than profound, from your Lives of the Poets: why not add your
In truth intrepid, in religion sound: friend Garrick to the number?' Johnson's an
A trembling forin and a distorted sight,
But firm in judgment and in genios bright; swer was, I do not like to be officious; but if In controversy seldom known to spare, Mrs. Garrick will desire me to do it, I shall be
But humble as the publican iu prayer;
To more than inerited his kindness, kind, very willing to pay that last tribute to the mem
And, though in nanners harsh, of friend'y mind; ory of the man I loved.' This sentiment was
Deep tinged with melancholy's blackest shade, conveyed to Mrs. G. but no answer was ever re And, though prepared to die, of death afrailceived.
Such Johnson was; of him with justice rain,
When will this nation see his like again ? " The expanse of matter which Johnson had found room for in his intellectual storehouse, the Lord Chedworth, in his Letters to the correctness with which he had assorted it, and the readiness with which he could turn to any
Rev. Mr. Crompton, (p. 292.) relates the article that he wanted to make present use of,
following Anecdote. were the properties in him which I contemplated “When I was last in town I dined in compawith the most admiration. Some have called ny with the eminent Mr. C. of whom I did not him a savage ; they were only so far right in the form a bigh opinion. He asserted that Dr. Johnresemblance, as that, like the savage, he never son originally intended to abuse Paradise Losi, came into suspicious company without his spear in but being informed that the nation would not bear his hand and his bow and quiver at his back. it, he produced the critique which now stands in
the Life of Milton, and which he admitted to be “As a poet, his translations of Juvenal gave excellent. I contended that Dr. Johnson had him a name in the world, and gained him the ap- there expressed his real opinion, which no ar plause of Pope. lie was a writer of tragedy, but was less afraid of delivering than Dr. Johtson, his Irene gives him no conspicuous rank in that that the critique was written con amore, and that department. As an essayist he merits more con the work was praised with such a glow of fondsideration : his Ramblers are in every body's ness, and the grounds of that praise were so fally hands ; about them opinions vary, and I rather and satisfactorily unfolded, that it was impossible believe the style of these essays is not now con Dr. Johnson should not have felt the value of the sidered as a good model; this he corrected in his work, which he had so liberally and rationally more advanced age, as may be seen in his Lives commended. It came out afterwards that Dr. of the Poets, where his diction, though occasion- Johnson had disgusted Mr. Cboxe). He had ally elaborate and lughly metaphorical, is not supped at Thrale's one night, when he sat neur nearly so inflated and ponderous as in the Ram- the upper end of the table, and Dr. Johnson bear blers. He was an acute and able critic; the en the lower end ; and having related a long story thusiastic admirers of Milton and the friends of which had very much delighted the company, is Gray will have something to complain of, but the pleasure resulting from which relation Dr. criticism is a task which no man executes to all Johnson had not (from his deafness and the dismen's satisfaction. This selection of a certain tance at which he sat) participated, Mrs. "Torale passage in the Mourning Bride of Congreve, which desired him to retell it to the Doctor. Core] he extols so rapturously, is certainly a most un- complied, and going down to the bottom of the fortunate sample ; but unless the oversights of a table, bawled it over again in Dr. Johnson's ear: critic are less pardonable than those of other men, when he had finished, Johnson replied, '80, s. we may pass this over in a work of merit, which and this you relate as a good thing :' at which abounds in beauties far more prominent than its C[oxe] tired. He added to us, ' Now it was a defects, and much more pleasing to contemplate. good thing, because it was about the King of Po In works professedly of fancy he is not very co
2 (Mr. Crompton informs the Editor, that this is the 1 (Here followed the passage introduced ante, p. 429, Rev. William Coxe, who had recently published his n.-ED.)