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SOLD BY COLLINS, KEESE & CO., NEW YORK; OTIS, BROADERS & CO., BOSTON;
SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D.
I PASSED many hours with him on the 17th, [May], of which I find all my memorial is, "much laughing." It should seem he had that day been in a humour for jocularity and merriment, and upon such occasions I never knew a man laugh more heartily. We may suppose that the high relish of a state so different from his habitual gloom produced more than ordinary exertions of that distinguishing faculty of man, which has puzzled philosophers so much to explain. Johnson's laugh was as remarkable as any circumstance in his manner. It was a kind of good-humoured growl. Tom Davies described it drolly enough: "He laughs like a rhinoceros."
"I am not sorry that you read Boswell's journal. Is it not a merry piece? There is much in it about poor me.
-'s 2 Travels; they -'s 3. W.
"Do not buy Care dulier than T4 is too fond of words, but you may read him. I shall take care that Adair's account of America may be sent you, for I shall have it of my own.
"Beattie has called once to see me. He lives grand at the archbishop's."]
and I cannot keep them."-Lett. v. i. p. 218.-lay, author of "The History of St. Kilda.”—
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 loth 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'. I am, my dearest sir, with great affection, your most obliged and most humble servant, "SAM. JOHNSON."
tham. I went this morning to the chapel at six, and if I were to stay would try to conform to all wholesome rules **. Mr. Coulson 3 is well, and still willing to keep me, but 1 delight not in being long here. Mr. Smollett, of Loch Lomond 4, and his lady have been here we were glad to meet."
"6th June, 1775. "Such is the uncertainty of all human things, that Mr. [Coulson] has quarrelled with me. He says I raise the laugh upon him, and he is an independent man, and all he has is his own, and he is not used to such things. And so I shall have no more good of C[oulson], of whom I never had any good but flattery, which my dear mis tress knows I can have at home.
"Here I am, and how to get away I do not see, for the power of departure, otherwise than in a post-chaise, depends upon accidental vacancies in passing coaches, of which all but one in a week pass through this place at three in the morning. After that one I have sent, but with little hope; yet I shall be very unwilling to stay here another week."
"[Oxford], 7th June, 1775. "C[oulson] and I am pretty well again. I grudge the cost of going to LichfieldFrank and I-in a post-chaise-yet I think of thundering away to-morrow. So you will write your next dear letter to Lichfield."
"Lichfield, 10th June, 1775. "On Thursday I took a post-chaise, and intended to have passed a day or two at Birmingham, but Hector had company in his house, and I went on to Lichfield, where I know not how long I shall stay."
"Lichfield, 11th June, 1775.
"Lady Smith is settled here at last, and sees company in her new house. I went on Saturday. Poor Lucy Porter has her hand in a bag, so unabled by the gout that she cannot dress herself. I go every day to Stowehill; both the sisters 5 are now at home. I sent Mrs. Aston a Taxation"," and sent it to nobody else, and Lucy borrowed it. Mrs. Aston, since that, inquired by a messenger when I was expected. I can tell nothing about it,' said Lucy: when he is to be here, I suppose she 'll know.' Every body remembers you all. You left a good impression behind you. I hope you
3 [Mr. Coulson, of University College. See ante, vol. i. p. 493.-ED.]
4 [See ante, vol. i. p. 452.-ED.]
5 Mrs. Gastrell and Miss Aston.-ED.] 6A copy of his pamphlet, "Taxation no Tyranny."-ED.]