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studiously inquisitive, and not with reference to

Nor fear that I, my gentle maid,

Shall long detain the cup, his own case. Though he never made use of

When once unto the bottom 1 glasses to assist his sight, he said he could recol

Have drank the liquor up. lect no production of art to which man has supe

Yet hear, alas ! this mournful truth, rior obligations. He mentioned the name of the original inventor' of spectacles with reverence, and expressed his wonder that not an individual,

As I can gulp it down.' out of the multitudes who had profited by them, And thus he proceeded through several Dore had, through gratitude, written the life of so great stanzas, till the reverend critic cried out for quarter

. a benefactor to society.

Such ridicule, however, was unmerited. “ The Doctor is known to have been, like Sav “ Night,' Mr. Tyers bas told us, ' was Johnage, a very late visiter; yet at whatever hour he son's time for composition. But this assertion, returned, he never went to bed without a previous if meant for a general one, can be refuted by call on Mrs. Williams, the blind lady who for so living evidence. Almost the whole preface to many years had found protection under his roof. Shakspeare, and no inconsiderable part of the Coming home one morning between four and five, Lives of the Poets, were composed by daylists, he said to her, • Take notice, inadam, that for and in a room where a friend was employed by once I am here before others are asleep. As I him in other investigations. His studies were only turned into the court, I ran against a knot of continued through the night when the day had bricklayers.' •You forget, my dear sir,' replied been pre-occupied, or proved too short for his she, that these people have all been a-bed, and undertakings. Respecting the fertility of this are now preparing for their day's work.' 'Is it genius, the resources of bis leaming, and the aeso, then, madam? I confess that circumstance curacy of his judgment, the darkness and the light had escaped me.'

were both alike. “I have been told, Dr. Johnson,' says a friend, "• Mrs. Thrale,' Mr. Tyers also reports, “ krep that your translation of Pope's Messiah was made how to spread a table with the utmost plenty and either as a common exercise or as an imposition elegance;' but all who are acquainted with this for some negligence you had been guilty of at lady's domestic history must know, that in the college.' No, sir,' replied the Doctor. * At present instance Mr. Tyers' praise of her is ES: Pembroke the former were always in prose, and luckily bestowed. Her husband superusteeded to the latter I would not have submitted. I wrote every dinner set before his guests. After his death it rather to show the tutors what I could do, than she confessed her total ignorance in coliparr. what I was willing should be done. It answered rangements. Poor Thrale studied an art of wlich my purpose; for it convinced those who were well he loved the produce, and to which he espired a enough inclined to punish me, that I could wield martyr. Johnson repeatedly, and with all the a scholar's weapon, as often as I was menaced warmth of earnest friendship, assured him he was with arbitrary inflictions. Before the frequency nimis edar rerum, and that such unlimited 13of personal satire had weakened its effect, the dulgence of his palate wonld precipitate his ead. petty tyrants of colleges stood in awe of a pointed “When in his latter years he was reminded of remark, or a vindictive epigram. But since every his forcible sarcasm against Bolingbroke and man in his turn has been wounded, no man is Mallet (v. i. p. 115), the Doctor esclared, " Dad ashamed of a scar.'

I really say so? Yes, sir.' He replied, 'I am “ When Dr. Percy first published his col ion heartily glad of it.' of ancient English ballads, perhaps he was too “. You knew Mr. Capel ", Dr. Johnson?" Fres, lavish in commendation of the beautiful simplicity sir; I have seen him at Garrick's? And want and poetic merit he supposed himself to discover think you of his abilities. They are just suiin them. This circumstance provoked Johnson to cient, sir, to enable him to select the black haire observe one evening at Miss Reynolds's tea-table, from the white ones, for the use of the permis that he could rhyme as well, and as elegantly, in makers. Were he and I to count the grains de 3 common narrative and

conversation. For instance, bushel of wheat for a wager, he would certaily says he,

prove the winner.' As with my hat upon my head

“When one Collins, a sleep-compelling dirse I walk'd along the Strand,

of Hertfordshire, with the assistance of course for With his hat in his hand 3.

Hardinge, published a heavy half-crown paz palet

against Mr. Steevens, Garrick asked the Docin Or, to render such poetry subservient to my own what he thought of this attack on his coadjutor

. immediate use,

I regard Collins's performance,' replied Johnson, I therefore pray thee, Renny dear,

as a great gun without powder or shoc? When That thou wilt give to me,

the same Collins afterwards appeared as editor of With cream and sugar soften'd well, Capel's posthumous notes on Shakspeare, with a

preface of his own, containing the following words

- A sudden and most severe stroke of affliction monk at Pisa, who lived at the end of the thirteenth cen- of engaging in such a task (that of a further 14

1 The inventor of spectacles is said to have been & has left my mind too much distracted to be capable vague manner and on the imperfect authority of Mr. it by inclination

as well as daty,' the Doctor asked * (See ante, p. 164, where this anecdote is told in the tack on Mr. Steevens), though I am prompted to Cradock. To have deliberately composed and circulated a parody on his friend's poem would have been a very 3 (Mr. Steevens himself.-E..] different thing from a sportive improvisation over the 4 The annotutor of Shakspeare. -Ed. tea-table.-ED.)

5 (George Hardinge.--ED.)

I there did meet another man

Another dish of tea.

to what misfortune the foregoing words referred. | vegetable be found in the country, and the fresh Being told that the critic had lost his wife, John- and potent one of the same kind he was sure to son added, " I believe that the loss of teeth may meet with in town. You find me at present,' deprave the voice of a singer, and that lameness says he, ' suffering from a prescription of my own. will impede the motions of a dancing master, but when I am recovered from its consequences, and I have not yet been taught to regard the death of not till then, I shall know the true state of my a wife as the grave of literary exertions. When natural malady.' From this period, he took no my dear Mrs. Johnson expired, I sought relief in medicine without the approbation of Heberden. my studies, and strove to lose the recollection of What follows is known by all, and by all lamenther in the soils of literature. Perhaps, however, ed-ere now perhaps—even by the prebends of I wrong the feelings of this poor fellow. His wife Westminster 3. might have held the pen in his name. Hinc illæ “ Johnson asked one of his executors, a few lachrymæ. Nay, I think I observe, throughout days before his death, “Where do you intend to his two pieces, a woman's irritability, with a bury me?' He answered, 'In Westminster Abwoman's impotence of revenge.' Yet such were bey.' "Then,' continued he, if my friends think Johnson's tender remembrances of his own wife, it worth while to give me a stone, let it be placed that after her death, though he had a whole house over me so as to protect my body.' at command, he would study nowhere but in a “On the Monday after his decease he was ingarret. Being asked the reason why he chose a terred in Westminster Abbey. The corpse was situation so incommodious, he answered, 'Because brought from his house in Bolt-court to the hearse, in that room only I never saw Mrs. Johnson.' preceded by the Rev. Mr. Butt and the Rev. Mr.

“ • Though you brought a tragedy, sir, to Dru- Straban, about twelve o'clock. The following ry-lane, and at one time were so intimate with was the order of the procession : Garrick, you never appeared to have much theat

« Ilearse and six. rical acquaintance. Sir, while I had, in com- “ The executors, viz. Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir mon with other dramatic authors, the liberty of John Hawkins, and William Scott, LL. D. in a the scenes, without considering my admission be- coach and four. hind them as a favour, I was frequently at the “ Eight coaches and four, containing the Litetheatre. At that period all the wenches knew rary Club, and others of the Doctor's friends, inme, and dropped me a curtsy as they passed on vited by the executors ; viz. Dr. Burney, Mr. Mato the stage. But since poor Goldsmith's last lone, Mr. Steevens, the Rev. Mr. Strahan, Mr. Rycomedy ', I scarce recollect having seen the in- land, Mr. Hoole, Dr. Brocklesby, Mr. Cruikside of a playhouse. To speak the truth, there is shanks, Mr. Nichols, Mr. Low, Mr. Paradise, small encouragement there for a man whose sight General Paoli, Count Zenobia, Dr. Butter, Mr. and hearing are become so imperfect as mine. Holder, Mr. Seward, Mr. Metcalf, Mr. Sastres, may add, ihat, Garrick and Henderson excepted, Mr. Des Moulins, the Rev. Mr. Butt, Dr. Horsley, I never met with a performer who had studied Dr. Farmer, Dr. Wright ; to whom may be adhis art, or could give an intelligible reason for ded, Mr. Cooke (who was introduced by Dr. wbat he did!

Brocklesby), and the Doctor's faithful servant, “On the night before the publication of the Francis Barber. first edition of his Shakspeare, be supped with “ Two coaches and four, containing the pallsome friends in the Temple, who kept him up, bearers, viz. Mr. Burke, Mr. Wyndham, Sir * nothing loth,' till past five the next morning. Charles Bunbury, Sir Joseph Banks, Mr. Colman, Mluch pleasantry was passing on the subject of and Mr. Langton. commentatorship, when, all on a sudden, the Doc- “ After these followed two mourning coaches tor, looking at his watch, cried out, . This is sport and four, filled with gentlemen who, as volunteers, to you, gentlemen ; but you do not consider there honoured themselves by attending this funeral. are at most only four hours between me and crit- These were the Rev. Mr. Hoole, the Rev. Mr. icism.'

East, Mr. Henderson, Mr. Mickle, Mr. Sharp, Mr. “Once, and but once, he is known to have had C. Burney, and Mr. G. Nichol. too much wine ; a circumstance which he him- “ Thirteen gentlemen's carriages closed the self discovered, on finding one of his sesquipeda- procession, which reached the Abbey a little belian words hang fire. He then started up, and fore one. gravely observed, I think it time we should go “ The corpse was met at the west door by the to bed.'

prebendaries in residence, to the number of six, If a little learning is a dangerous thing' on in their surplices and doctor's boods; and the any speculative subject, it is eminently more so officers of the church, and attendants on the funein the practical science of physic. Johnson was ral, were then marshalled in the following order: too frequently his own doctor. In October, just before he came to London, he had taken an

The Rev. Mr. Strahan. unusual dose of squills, but without effect. He

The Rev. Mr. Butt. swallowed the same quantity on his arrival here,

THE BODY. and it produced a most violent operation. He did Sir Joshua Reynolds, as chief mourner and an not, as he afterwards confessed, reflect on the difference between the perished and inefficacious Sir John Hawkins and Dr. Scott, as executors.

- Two vergers.

The rest two and two.
See ante, p. 409.-Ed.)

3 (This sarcasm against the prebendaries of WestminThis was probably before his acquaintance with Mr. ster, and particularly against Johnson's friend Dr. TayKemule and Mrs. Siulons, which took place only the lor, who was one of thein, will be explained presently. year before his death, ante, p. 850.--Ed.)

ED.]

executor.

• The body then proceeded to the south cross, perhaps with hasty impropriety, the dialogue beand, in view of the three executors, was deposited iween Syphax and Juba, in Addison's Cato." by the side of Mr. Garrick, with the feet opposite • Nay, nay,' replied he, if you are for declamato the monument of Shakspeare.

tion, I hope my two ladies have the better of them “ The Reverend Dr. Taylor performed the all.' This piece, however, lay dormant maay burial service, attended by some gentlemen of the years, shelfed in the manager's phrase) from the Abbey; but it must be regretted by all who con- time Mr. Peter Garrick presented it first on Fleet tinue to reverence the hierarchy, that the cathe- wood's table, to the hour when his brother David dral service was withheld' from its invariable obtained due influence on the theatre, on wbich it friend; and the omission was truly offensive to the crawled through nine nights, supported by coraudience at large.”

dials, but never obtaining popular applause. I “ When Mrs. Thrale was going to visit some asked him then to name a better scene; he pitched country friends, Dr. Johnson gave her the follow- on that between Horatio and Lothario, in Lowe's ing excellent advice: · Do not make them speeches. Fair Penitent; bot Mr. Murphy showed him afterUnusual compliments, to which there is no stated wards that it was borrowed from Massinger, and and prescriptive answer, embarrass the feeble, had not the merit of originality. who know not what to say, and disgust the wise, “He was once angry with his friend Dr. Taswho, knowing them to be false, suspect them lor of Ashbourne, for recommending to bira : to be hypocritical.'

degree of temperance, by which alone his life ? Dr. Johnson was no complainer of ill usage. could have been saved, and recommending it in I never beard him even lament the disregard his own unaltered phrase too, with praise only shown to Irene, which however was a violent intentions to impress it more forcibly. This favourite with him; and much was he offended quarrel, however, if quarrel it might be called, when having asked me once, “what single scene which was mere sullenness on one side and corrow afforded me most pleasure of all our tragic drama,' on the other, soon healed of itself, mutual reI, little thinking of his play's existence, named, proaches having never been permitted to widen

the breach, and supply, as is the common pro1 Hlow this omission happened, we are unable to ac- tice among eoarser disputants, the original and per count. Perhaps the executors should have asked for it; but at all events it should have been performed. That haps almost forgotten cause of dispute

. After the fees for opening the ground were paid, was a matter some weeks, Johnson sent to request the sight of of indispensable necessity; and there can be no doubt, his old companion, whose feeble health held him they will be returned, as was offered in the case of Dry- away for some weeks more, and who, when he den, and was done in that of St. Evremond, who died,” came, urged that feebleness as an excuse fer sp to his memory, to give his body room in the Abbey: ed it, not sick but dying, told him a story of a las yet the church of Westminster thought fit, in honour pearing no sooner at the call of friendship in die

tress ; but Johnson, who was then, as he

Espres 14 the chapter were concerned, though he len 6001. dy, who many years before lay espiring in sch sterling behind him, which is thought every way an unaccountable piece of management. How striking the

tortures as that cruel disease, a caneer, naturally contrast between St. Evremond and Johnson !-STEE- produces, and begged the conversation di ber VENS. (See ante, p. 450, Mr. Tyers's note. It is sup- earliest intimate to soothe the incredible sufferings added, that all Dr. Johnson's friends, but especially

Mr. of ber mind', but what was the friend's apokes posed that the fees were not returned, and it is to be of her body, and relieve the approaching terrors Malone and Mr. Steevens, were indignant at the mean and selfish spirit which the dean and chapter exhibited for absence ? Oh, my dear,' said she, I have on this occasion ; but they were especially so against Dr. really been so plunged and so pained of late by Taylor, not only for not having prevailed on his colleagues to show more respect to his old friend, but for the un a nasty whitlow, that indeed it was quite inservice. It must, on the other hand, be confessed that call. I think this was not more than two days feeling manner in which he himself performed the burial possible for ine till to-day to attend my Loey's Lord St. Helens corroborates the suspicion noticed by Mr. Boswell (ante, p. 124), that Johnson's attention to Taylor before his dissolution.

“ Some Lichfield friends fancied that he had any very sincere friendship; for his lordship says that it half a mind to die where he was bor, but that trive to let some of his

familiar friends discover, as if by the hope of being buried in Westminster Abbey there was reason to suppose that he had for some time loved London, and many people then in London

, practised a similar device upon Johnson. It seems certain that the intercourse between these old friends, never

whom I doubt not he sincerely wished to see very cordial or well assorted, had become less frequent again, particularly Mr. Sastres », for whose person not seen at the death-bedside, nor honoured by a legacy fection, and of whose talents I have often beard

some of the following letters manifest a strong as following passage, in one of Dr. Johnson's letters to Mrs. him speak with great esteem. That gertleman no great idea of his elegance or literature, nor of Jolin- his hope of recovery, and that the latter days of

has told me, that his fears of death ended with pound of blood, and is come to town, brisk and vigorous, his life passed in calm resignation to God's will, fierce and fell, to drive on his law-suit. Nothing in all and a firm trust in his mercy. life now can be more profligater than what he is ; and if in case that so be, that they persist for to resist him,

“He burned many letters in the last week, I money

am told ; and those written by bis niother drew is, I believe,

thundering away." Ilis solicitor has turned from him a flood of tears, when the paper they him off; and I think it not unlikely that he will tire his lawyers. But now do n't you talk."--Ed.)

3. (Sustres was the countryman and fritid of picezi (home scattered anecdotes by Mrs. Piozzi having been by mistake omitted in what might have been a fitter

and the lady therefore wishes to atribute to Dr. Johnscat place, are added here that the collection may be complete.

an extraordinary fondness for Signior Sasins as it it can

some degree of countenance to her own miserable fölls, -ED

-E..]

was well known at Ashbourne that Taylor used to con

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were written on was all consumed. Mr. Sastres station of offences by voluntary penance, or ensaw him cast a melancholy look upon their ashes, courage others to practise severity upon themwhich he took up and examined, to see if a word selves. He even once said, that he thought it was still legible. Nobody has ever mentioned an error to endeavour at pleasing God by taking wbat became of Miss Aston's letters, though he the rod of reproof out of his hands 3.' once told me himself they should be the last pa- “ Mr. Thrale had a very powerful influence pers he would destroy, and added these lines with over the Doctor, and could make him suppress a very faltering voice :

many rough answers : he could likewise prevail "Then from his closing eyes thy form shall part,

on him to change his shirt, his coat, or his plate, And the last pang shall tear thee from his heart;

almost before it became indispensably necessary. Life's idle business at one gasp be o'er,

“ He once observed of a Scotch lady who had The muse forgol, and theu beloved no more.'"

given him some kind of provocation by receiving

him with less attention than he expected, that " In addition to his pleasantry about the she resembled a dead nettle ; if she were alive Piozzi

, French academy (vol. i. p. 555 ), it may she would sting.'

be told, that when some person compli- s. He rejected from his Dictionary every aumented him on his superiority to the French, he thority for a word that could only be gleaned from replied, 'Why, what could you expect, dear sir, writers dangerous to religion or morality-I from fellows that eat frogs?'

would not,' said he, «send people to look in a “ When Mr. Rose, of Hammersmith', con- book for words, that by such a casual seizure of tending for the preference of Scotch writers over the mind might chance to mislead it forever.' the English, after having set up his authours like “ Dr. Johnson never gave into ridiculous reaine-pins, while the Doctor kept bowling them finements either of speculation or practice, or sufdown again ; at last, to make sure of victory, he fered himself to be deluded by specious appearnamed Ferguson upon Civil Society, and praised ances. "I have had dust thrown in my eyes too the book for being written in a new manner. •1 often,' would he say, “to be blinded so. Let us do not, said Johnson, ' perceive the value of this never confound matters of belief with matters of new manner; it is only like Buckinger", who had opinion.' Some one urged in his presence the no hands, and so wrote with his feet.'

preference of hope to possession ; and, as I re“When I (Mrs. Piozzi,) knowing what subject member, produced an Italian sonnet on the subhe would like best to talk on, asked him how ject. Let us not,' cried Johnson, 'amuse ourhis opinion stood towards the question between selves with subtilties and sonnets, when speaking Pascal and Soame Jennings about number and about that hope, which is the follower of faith and numeration ? as the French philosopher observes, the precursor of eternity ; but if you only mean that infinity, though on all sides astonishing, ap- those air-built hopes which to-day excites and topears most so when connected with the idea of morrow will destroy, let us talk away, and renumber ; for the notions of infinite number, and member that we only talk of the pleasures of infinite number we know there is, stretches one's hope ; we feel those of possession, and no man capacity still more than the idea of infinite space : | in his senses would change the last for the first : * such a notion indeed,' adds Pascal,^ can scarce- such hope is a mere bubble, that by a gentle ly find room in the human mind.' The English breath may be blown to what size you will almost, authour on the other hand exclaims, · Let no man but a rough blast bursts it at once. Hope is an give himself leave to talk about infinite number, amusement rather than a good, and adapted to for infinite number is a contradiction in terms ; none but very tranquil minds.' whatever is once numbered we all see cannot be “Of the pathetic in poetry he never liked to infinite.' 'I think,' said Dr. Johnson after a speak, and the only passage I ever heard him appause, 'we must settle the matter thus : numera- plaud as particularly tender in any common book tion is certainly infinite, for eternity might be em- was Jane Shore's exclamation in the last act, ployed in adding unit to unit; but every number is

'Forgive me! but forgive me!' in itself finite, as the possibility of doubling it easily “ It was not however from the want of a susproves : besides, stop at what point you will, ceptible heart that he hated to cite tender expresyou find yourself as far from infinitude as ever.' sions, for he was more strongly and more violent

“ His spirit of devotion had an energy that af- ly affected by the force of words representing fected all who ever saw him pray in private. ideas capable of affecting him at all, than any The coldest and most languid hearers of the word other man in the world, I believe ; and when he must have felt themselves animated by his man- would try to repeat the celebrated Prosa Ecclener of reading the Holy Scriptures ; and to pray siastica pro Mortuis, as it is called, beginning by his sick bed required strength of body as well | Dies iræ, Dies illa, he could never pass the as of mind, so vehement were his manners, and stanza ending thus, Tantus labor non sit cassus, his tones of voice so pathetic.

without bursting into a flood of tears ; which sen“ Though Dr. Johnson kept fast in Lent, par-sibility I used to quote against him when he would ticalarly the holy week, with a rigour very dan- inveigh against devotional poetry, and protest that gerous to his general health ; and had left off wine all religious verses were cold and feeble, and un

for religious motives as I always believed, though worthy the subject, which ought to be treated he did not own it), yet he did not hold the commu- with higher reverence, he said, than either poets 1 [It is presurned that Mrs. Piozzi meant Dr. Rose, of

or painters could presume to excite or bestow.” Chiswick.-ED.

3 (He certainly len it off on account of his health, but * (A person born without hands, who contrived to no doubt considered it a pious duty to do so, if it disorproduce very Ane specimens of penmanship.-Ed.) dered his mind. Ante, vol. i. p. 226.-ED.)

2 Dr. Johnson was at Stourbridge school, half-schol

One of his friends had a daughter about four- | mixed with green. 'Well, well,' replied he, teen years old, “ fat and clumsy : and though the changing his voice, ‘you little creatures should father adored, and desired others to adore her, never wear those sort of clothes, however ; they yet being aware perhaps that she was not what are unsuitable in every way. What ! bave not the French call pétrie des graces, and thinking, all insects gay colours ? ! I suppose, that the old maxim, of beginning to “ He was no enemy to splendour of apparel, or laugh at yourself first where you have any thing pomp of equipage : Life,' he would say, 's ridiculous about you, was a good one, he comical- barren enough surely with all her trappings ; la ly enough called his girl Trundle when he spoke us therefore be cautious how we strip ber.' la of her ; and many who bore neither of them any matters of still higher moment he once observed, ill-will felt disposed to laugh at the happiness of when speaking on the subject of sudden indorathe appellation. See now,' said Dr. Johnson, tion, · He who plants a forest may doubtles cut • what haste people are in to be hooted. Nobody down a hedge : yet I could wish methinks that ever thought of this fellow nor of his daughter, even he would wait till be sees his young plants could he but have been quiet himself, and for-grow.' borne to call the eyes of the world on his dowdy “ His equity in giving the character of living and her deformity. But it teaches one to see at acquaintance ought not undoubtedly to be onited least, that if nobody else will nickname one's in his own, whence partiality and prejadice were children, the parents will e'en do it themselves.' totally excluded, and truth alone presided in his

“ He had for many years a cat which he called tongue : a steadiness of conduct the more to be Hodge, that kept always in his room at Fleet- commended, as no man had stronger likings er street ; but so exact was he not to offend the hu- aversions. man species by superfluous attention to brutes, “ When Mr. Thrale built the new library at that when the creature was grown sick and old, Streatham, and hang up over the books the perand could eat nothing but oysters, Dr. Johnson al traits of his favourite friends, that of Dr. Jobasoa ways went out himself to buy Hodge’s dinner, was last finished, and closed the number." [poa that Francis the black’s delicacy might not be this occasion Mrs. Thrale summed up Dr. Jolfhurt, at seeing himself employed for the conve- son's character in the following verses :nience of a quadruped.”

“Gigantic in knowledge, in virtue, in strength, He was very fond of travelling, and would have

Our company closes with Johnson at length; gone“ all over the world; for the very act of go So the Greeks from the cavern of Polypheine past, ing forward was delightful to him, and he gave

When wisest, and greatest, Ulysses cane last, himself no concern about accidents, which he said

To his comrades contemptuous, we see him back door

On their wit and their worth with a general frukt never happened : por did the running away of Since from Science' proud tree the rich fruit he receives the horses on the edge of a precipice between

Who could shake the whole trunk while they turada Vernon and St. Denys in France convince him to

His piety pure, his morality nicethe contrary ; ' for nothing came of it,' he said, Proiector of virtue, and terror of vice; except that Mr. Thrale leaped out of the car

In these features Religion's firm champion displasid

, riage into a chalk-pit, and then came up again,

Shall make infidels fear for a modern crusade.

While th' inflammable temper, the positive forgue, looking as white !! When the truth was, all Too conscious of right for endurance of wrong, our lives were saved by the greatest providence

We suffer from Johnson, contented to find, ever exerted in favour of three human creatures ;

That some notice we gain from so noble a mind; and the part Mr. Thrale took from desperation was

And pardon our hurts, since so often we've found

The balm of instruction pour'd into the wound. the likeliest thing in the world to produce broken

'Tis thus for its virtues the chemists extol limbs and death.

Pure rectified spirit, sublime alcohol:

From noxious putrescence, preservative pure, “Yet danger in sickness he did not contemplate A cordial in health, and in sickness a cure ; so steadily. One day, when he thought himself But exposed to the sun, taking fire at his rays neglected by the non-attendance of Sir Richard

Burns bright to the bottom, and ends in a blaze." Jebb, he conjured me to tell him what I thought of him, and I made him a steady, but as I thought a very gentle harangue, in which I confirmed all

III. that the Doctor had been saying, how no present

MISCELLANEOUS LETTERS. danger could be expected ; but that his age and " DR. JOHNSON TO continued ill health must naturally accelerate the arrival of that hour which can be escaped by none.

This letter, on the occasion of the veriler's • And this,' said Johnson, rising in great anger,

being rejected on his application for the is the voice of female friendship, I suppose, when

situation of usher to the grammar the hand of the hangman would be softer.'

at Stourbridge ?, has recently been print“ Another day, when he was ill, and exceedingly low-spirited, and persuaded that death was

· [Probably the brother of the lady mentioned gate, .

p. 83:-Ep.) not far distant, I appeared before him in a darkcoloured gown, which his bad sight, and worse

son was at Oxford, are an obscure and enerplained

ar, half-usher, in 1726 ; but it has not been staled dist apprehensions, made him mistake for an iron grey. Assistant there. This letter, however, proves cost

after his return from Oxford he attempted to become su Why do you delight,' said he, thus to thicken met in the summer of 1731 sotne disappointment at steeds the gloom of misery that surrounds me? is not bridge, and it was probably

of the kind above seated here sufficient accumulation of horror without an to have asked to see celebrated in a copy

of verses. The ticipated mourning?'. This is not mourning, Editor can only repeat, that the years 1730 and its might fall upon the silk, and show it was a purple portion of his life.

See ante, rol. I. p. 27.-ED.)

few leaves.

MR. C. HICKMAN!

sekool

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