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I PASSED many hours with him on the

“I am not sorry that you read Boswell's 17th, (May), of which I find all my memo- journal. Is it not a merry piece? There rial is, “ much laughing." It should seem

is much in it about poor me. he had that day been in a humour for jocu- “Do not buy C -'s 2 Travels; they larity and merriment, and upon such occa- are dulier than T- -'83. W-t is sions I never knew a man laugh more hear- too fond of words, but you may read him. tily. We may suppose that the high relish I shall take care that Adair's account of of a state so different from his habitual America may be sent you, for I shall have gloom produced more than ordinary exer- it of my own. tions of that distinguishing faculty of man,

“ Beattie has called once to see me. He which has puzzled philosophers so much to lives grand at the archbishop's.”] explain. Johnson's laugh was as remarkable as any circumstance in his manner. It

“ TO JAMES BOSWELL, ESQ. was a kind of good-humoured growl. Tom

“ 27th May, 1775. Davies described it drolly enough: “ He “ DEAR SIR,—I make no doubt but you laughs like a rhinoceros.”

are now safely lodged in your own habita

tion, and have told all your adventures to " TO BENNET LANGTON, ESQ.

Mrs. Boswell and Miss Veronica. Pray

" 21st May, 1775. teach Veronica to love me. Bid her not · DEAR SIR,—I have an old amanuensis mind mamma. in great distress 1. I have given what I “ Mrs. Thrale has taken cold, and been think I can give, and begged till I cannot very much disordered, but I hope is grown tell where to beg again. I put into his well. Mr. Langton went yesterday to hands this morning four guineas. If you Lincolnshire, and has invited Nicolaida 5 to could collect three guineas more, it would follow him. Beauclerk talks of going to clear him from his present difficulty. I am, Bath. I am to set out on Monday; so sir, your most humble servant,

there is nothing but dispersion. “ SAM. JOHNSON." “I have returned Lord Hailes's entertain

ing sheets, but must stay till I come back [" TO MRS. THRALE.

for more, because it will be inconvenient to

“20 May, 1775. send them after me in my vagrant state. « One thing or other still hinders me, be

“I promised Mrs. Macaulay 6 that I sides, perhaps, what is the great hindrance, that I have no great mind to go.


2 (Probably “Chandler's Travels in Asia Miwent away at two this morning. L[ang- nor." -Ed.] ton] I suppose goes this week. B[oswell] 3 [Probably “Travels through Spain and Porgot two-and-forty guineas in fees while he tugal in 1772 and 1775, by Richard Twiss, Esq.” was here. He has, by his wife's persuasion --Ed.) and mine, taken down a present for his 4 [Probably “Cursory Remarks made in a mother-in-law.

Tour through some of the Northern Parts of Europe, by Nathaniel Wraxall, jun.”-Ed.)

5 A learned Greek.-Boswell. [Mr. Lang1 (He had written to Mrs. Thrale the day be- ton was an enthusiast about Greek.—ED.) fore. “Peyton and Macbean are both starving, 6 Wife of the Reverend Mr. Kenneth Macauand I cannot keep them."-Lett, v. i. p. 218.- lay, author of "The History of St. Kilda."Ev.)



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would try to serve her son at Oxford. I tham. I went this morning to the chapel have not forgotten it, nor am unwilling to at six, and if I were to stay would try to perform it. If they desire to give him an conform to all wholesome rules * *. Mr. English education, it should be considered Coulson 3 is well, and still willing to keep whether they cannot send him for a year me, but I delight not in being long here. or two to an English school. If he comes Mr. Smollett, of Loch Lomond 4, and his immediately from Scotland, he can make no lady have been here—we were glad to figure in our Universities. The schools in meet.” the north, I believe, are cheap, and when I was a young man, were eminently good.

"6th June, 1775. “ There are two little books published by

“Such is the uncertainty of all human the Foulis, Telemachus and Collins's Po- things, that Mr. (Coulson) has quarrelled ems, each a shilling; I would be glad to

with me.

He says I raise the laugh upon have them.

him, and he is an independent man, and all “ Make my compliments to Mrs. Boswell

, he has is his own, and he is not used to though she does not love me.

You see

such things. And so I shall have no more what perverse things ladies are, and how good of C[oulson), of whom I never had little fit to be trusted with feudal estates. any good but flattery, which my dear mis When she mends and loves me, there may tress knows I can have at home. be more hope of her daughters. “I will not send compliments to my

“ Here I am, and how to get away I do friends by name, because I would be loth to not see, for the power of departure, otherleave any out in the enumeration. Tell wise than in a post-chaise, depends upon them, as you see them, how well I speak of accidental vacancies in passing coaches, of Scotch politeness, and Scotch hospitality, which all but one in a week pass through and Scotch beauty, and of every thing this place at three in the morning. After Scotch, but Scotch oat-cakes and Scotch that one I have sent, but with little hope ; prejudices.

yet I shall be very unwilling to stay here “Let me know the answer of Rasay, another week.” and the decision relating to Sir Allani. I

“ (Oxford), 7th June, 1775. am, my dearest sir, with great affection, your most obliged and most humble ser

“C[oulson) and I am pretty well again. vant,

I grudge the cost of going to Lichfield“SAM. JOHNSON.”

Frank and I—in a post-chaise—yet I think [In the latter end of May he set out

of thundering away to-morrow. So you on what he called “his annual ramble

will write your next dear letter to Lich

field.” into the middle counties," of which his let

" Lichfield, 10th June, 1775. ters to Mrs. Thrale give a kind of journal. He had, it seems, previous to his departure, intended to have passed a day or two at

“On Thursday I took a post-chaise, and a kind of fit

, which, as well as Mr. Thrale's Birmingham, but Hector had company in care for his personal appearance, he thus

his house, and I went on to Lichfield, notices :)

where I know not how long I shall stay." ["TO MRS. THRALE.

" Lichfield, 11th June, 1775. “Loudon, 25th May, 1775.

“ Lady Smith is settled here at last, and Letters, • The fit was a sudden faint

sees company in her new house. I went ness, such as I have had I know

on Saturday. Poor Lucy Porter has her not how often; no harm came of hand in a bag, so unabled by the gout that it, and all is well. I cannot go sto Oxford] she cannot dress herself

. I go every day to till Saturday, and then go I will if I can. Stowehill ; both the sisters 5 are now at My clothes, Mr. Thrale says, must be made home. I sent Mrs. Aston a · Taxation ,' like other people's, and they are gone to and sent it to nobody else, and Lucy borrowthe tailor's."

ed it. Mrs. Aston, since that, inquired by “ Oxford, 1st June, 1775. a messenger when I was expected. I can “I did not make the epitaph 2 before last

tell nothing about it,' said Lucy : ‘when he night, and this morning I have found it too is to be here, I suppose she'll know.' long; I send it to you as it is to pacify you, Every, body remembers you all. You left and will make it shorter * *.

a good impression behind you. I hope you pose that I live here as we live at Strea

3 [Mr. Coulson, of University College. See 1 A lawsuit carried on by Sir Allan Maclean, ante, vol. i. p. 493.-Ed.) chief of his clan, to recover certain parts of his 4 (See ante, vol. i. p. 452.-Ep.) family estates from the duke of Argyle. -Bos

5 Mrs. Gastrell and Miss Aston.-Ed.]

6 (A copy of his pamphlet, “Taxation no ? (On Mrs. Salisbury.-ED.)



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