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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,

which he generally met, he had notbing of the have allowed his lassitude and love of ease to slovenly philosopher about him ; he fed beartily, have taken the pen out of the inkhorn, unless the but not voraciously, and was extremely courteous cravings of hunger had reminded him that he in his commendations of any dish that pleased his 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 ihe China oranges into his wine-glass after dinner, a block bead, but he would not have knocked him which else perchance had gone aside and trickled 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 him 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 should 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, I 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 bad not been for your remark ; but 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. Cumberland 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 which my wife obey. 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 must tell you for Wilkes, no friend of Hume, no believer in Mac- your comfort, you have escaped much betier than pherson ; he would have put up prayers for early à certain lady did awhile ago, upon whose parising, and laid in bed all day, and with the most tience I intruded greatly more than I have done active resolutions possible been the most indolent on 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 me 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, I had my revenge of her ; for I “ Johnson's first style was naturally energetic, swallowed five-and-twenty cups of her tea, and did his middle style was turgid to a fault, his latter not treat her with as many words.' I can only style was softened down and harmonized into pe- say my wife would have made tea for him as 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 seen 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, he posed upon him by the dealers in ink, and con- would give full scope to those talents for narration 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 humour, it is to relate, I have heard that illustrious scholar and the energy of his language. Anecdotes of 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, enthusiasts, crack-brained projectof time upon the scanty pittance of fourpence hall- ors, and a variety of strange beings that he had 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; Elium and garnished with those episodical remarks, mortuus loquitur : every man, who can buy a sometimes comic, sometimes grave, which he book, has bought a Bos WELL : Johnson is known would throw in with infinite fertility of fancy, were to all the reading world. I also knew him well, a treat, which though not always to be purchased respected him highly, loved him sincerely: it was by five-and-twenty cups of tea, I bave often had never my chance to see him in those moments of the happiness to enjoy for less than half the nummoroseness and ill-humour which are imputed to

ber. him, perhaps with truth, for who would slander “He was easily led into topics ; it was not him? But I am not warranted by any experience easy to turn him from them ; but wbo would of those humours to speak of him otherwise than wish it ? If a man wanted to show himself off of a friend, who always met me with kindness, by getting up and riding upon him, he was sure and 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 Alexander excuses for withholding it, but lent himself to had lunged him. Neither did he always like to every invitation with cordiality, and brought be over-fondled : when a certain gentleman outgood-humour with him, that gave life to the acted his part in this way, he is said to have decircle he was in.

manded of him, “What provokes your risibility, He presented himself always in his fashion of sir ? Have I said any thing that you understand ? apparel : 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 him 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 maneuvres 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 music 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 sound 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 its way to it, and She Stoops to Conquer was put over Colman's judgment, but our own. 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 purchaseihour: 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 Samuel Johnson took the sum of ten pounds only 2. 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 as 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 1, 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 hope, 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 amiable of his friend from her embraces. Goldsmith had memory, 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 Aystaspes was a whisper to it; the whole thun society, and cultivate the friendship of many emider of the 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 wben 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 mistake. Sce 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-ED.)

The least credible seems to be Cumberland's.-ED.

“Garrick was followed to the Abbey by a pious; yet in his Rasselas we have much to ad. long 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 Shak. wise and deep reflections, clothed in beautiful and spear's monument, and bathed in tears. A few harmonious diction. We are not indeed familiar succeeding years laid him in earth ; and though with such personages as Johnson had imagined the marble shall preserve for ages the exact re- for the characters of his fable, but if we are not exsemblance of his form and features, his own strong ceedingly interested in their story, we are infinitepen has pictured out a transcript of his mind, that ly gratitied 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, yet if were dark ; and only when his life was far in the one was to be selected out as the first great literadecline, 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 JOHxsox. getting them.

Herculean strength and a Stentorian voice, “Shortly after Garrick's death, Dr. Johnson Of wit a fund, of words a countless choice:

In learning rather various than profound, was told in a large company, “You are recent

In truth intrepid, in religion sound: from your Lives of the Poets : why not add your A trembling form and a distorted sight, friend Garrick to the number?' Johnson's an- But firm in judgment and in genius bright; swer was, 'I do not like to be officious; but if

In controversy seldom known to spare,

But humble as the publican in prayer; Mrs. Garrick will desire me to do it, I shall be

To more than merited his kindness, kind, very willing to pay that last tribute to the mem- And, though in manners barsh, of friendly 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 afraid

Such Johnson was; of him with justice vain, ceived.

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 Rev. correctness with which he had assorted it, and the readiness with which he could turn to any

Mr. Crompton, (p. 222.) relates the followarticle that he wanted to make present use of,

ing 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. 2, of whom I did not him a savage; they were only so far right in the

form a high opinion. He asserted that Dr. Johnresemblance, as that, like the savage, he never son originally intended to abuse Paradise Lost, came into suspicious company without his spear but being informed that the nation would not bear in his hand and his bow and quiver at his back. it, he produced the critique which now stands in

*1.

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 man plause of Pope. He was a writer of tragedy, but was less afraid of delivering than Dr. Johnson, his Irene gives bim 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 fully 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 whole 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 bis Lives commended. It came out afterwards that Dr. of the Poets, where his diction, though occasion. Johnson had disgusted Mr. C[oxe). He had ally elaborate and highly metaphorical, is not supped at Thrale's one night, when he sat near nearly so inflated and ponderous as in the Ram- the upper end of the table, and Dr. Johnson near 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, in 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. His selection

of a certain pas- tance at which he sat) participated, Mrs. Thrale sage in the Mourning Bride of Congreve, which desired him to retell' it to the Doctor. C(oxe) 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, “So, sir, 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) fired. He added to us, Now it was a defects, and much more pleasing to contempla e. good thing, because it was about the King of PoIn works professedly of fancy he is not very co

2 (Mr. Crompton informs the Editor, that this was the 1 [Here followed the passage introduced ante, p. 429, Rev. William Coxe, who had recenty published his 1.-ED.)

travels.-Ep.1

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day Returning through the house, he stepped into

a

land.' Of the value of the story, as he did not done some good to-day; the tree might have fes-
relate it, I cannot judge; but I am sure you will tered. I make a rule, sir, to do some good every
concur with me that it was not therefore necessa- day of my life.
rily a good thing because it was about a king. I
think Johnson's behaviour was indefensibly rude, a small study or book-room. The first book he
but from the sample I had of C[oxe]'s conversa- laid his hands upon was Harwood's 3 ‘Liberal
tion, I am led to suspect that Johnson's censure Translation of the New Testament. The pas-
was not unfounded."

sage which first caught his eye was from that sub-
lime apostrophe in St. John, upon the
raising of Lazarus, - Jesus wept;' which St. John,

xi. ANECDOTES OF DR. JOHNSON. Harwood had conceitedly rendered and

Jesus, the Saviour of the world, burst into a flood BY MR. WICKINS, OF LICHFIELD.

tears.' He contemptuously threw the book From the Gentleman's Magazine, vol. xciii. p. 389.) aside, exclaiming, Puppy!' I then showed him [Dr. Harwood informs the Editor, that Mr. Sterne's Sermons. • Sir,' said he, do you ever Wickins was a respectable draper in Lich

read any others?' 'Yes, Doctor; I read Sherfield. It is very true that Dr. Johnson was

lock, Tillotson, Beveridge, and others.' • Ay, sir, accustomed to call on him during his visits

there you drink the cup of salvation to the botto his native town.

tom ; here you have merely the froth from the The garden attached

surface." to his house was ornamented in the manner

“Within this room stood the Shakspearean he describes, and no doubt was ever enter- mulberry vase, a pedestal given by me to Mr. tained of the exactness of his anecdotes.- Garrick, and which was recently sold, with Mr. ED.

Garrick's gems, at Mrs. Garrick's sale at Hamp

ton. The Doctor read the inscription : “Walking one day with him in my garden at Lichfield, we entered a small meandering shrub

"SACRED TO SHAKSPEARE,

And in honour of bery, whose Vista not lengthened to the sight,'

David Garrick, Esq. gave promise of a larger extent. I observed that

The Ornament-the Reformer he might perhaps conceive that he was entering

of the British Stage.' an extensive labyrinth, but that it would

prove, Ay, sir ; Davy, Davy loves flattery, but here deception, though I hoped not an unpardonable indeed you have flattered him as he deserves, one.' "Sir,' said he, do n't tell me of deception ; paying a just tribute to his merit.?» a lie, sir, is a lie, whether it be a lie to the eye or a lie to the ear.'

“In Boswell's Life of Dr. John- G. W. L. “Passing on we came to an urn which I had son,” says another correspondent of Gent. Mag. v. erected to the memory of a deceased friend. I the Gentleman's Magazine, “he 4 sciv. p. 386. asked him how he liked that urn-it was of the relates, that Garrick being asked by Johnson true Tuscan order. “Sir,' said he, 'I hate them l; what people said of his Dictionary, told him, that they are nothing, they mean nothing, convey no among other animadversions, it was objected that ideas but ideas of horror-would they were beaten he cited authorities which were beneath the dig. to pieces to pave our streets !'

nity of such a work, and mentioned Richardson. « We then came to a cold bath. I expatiated Nay,' said Johnson, 'I have done worse than upon its salubrity. "Sir,' said he, “how do you that; I have cited thee, David.' This anecdote do?' “Very well, I thank you, Doctor.' "Then, induced me to turn over the leaves of his Dicsir, let well enough alone, and be content. I hate tionary, that I might note the citations from immersion.' 'Truly, as Falstaff says, the Doctor each writer. Two only I found from Garrick, would have a sort of alacrity at sinking 2.' viz. “Upon the margin stood the Venus de Medicis.

Our bard's a fabulist, and deals in fiction.' "So stands the statue that enchants the world.'

I know you all expect, from seeing me,

Some formal lecture, spoke with prudish face.' "Throw her,' said he, into the pond to hide her nakedness, and to cool her lasciviousness.'

The quotations from Richardson are at least “ He then, with some difficulty, squeezed him

eighty in number; almost all of which are from self into a root house, when his eye caught the

his Clarissa." following lines from Parnell :

“ Dr. Brocklesby 5, a few days before Green, "Go search among your idle dreams, Your busy, or your vain extremes, the death of Dr. Johnson, found on the v. xcii

. find a life of equal bliss,

table Dr. Kippis's account of the Disputes p. 592. Or own the next began in this.'

of the Royal Society. Dr. J. inquired of his “The Doctor, however, not possessing any physician if he had read it, who answered in the silvan ideas, seemed not to admit that heaven negative. You are at no loss, sir. It is poor could be an Arcadia.

3 [The reader must bear in mind that this Doctor Ed“I then observed him with Herculean strength

ward Harwood, the same men'ioned by Mr. Cradock, tugging at a nail which he was endeavouring to and who has been dead many years, is not to be con extract from the bark of a plunı tree; and having founded with Dr. Thomas Harwood, of Lichfield, who is accomplished it, he exclaimed, "There, sir, I have now alive, and whose information is quoted at the head

of this article.-Ed.] 1 (See a similar sentiment on the occasion of Mr Myd- 4 [It was Mr. Langton who related it, on the authority dleton's urn to himself, ante, p. 113.-En.)

of J. G. Cooper. See ante, p. 243.-Ed. 2 (A mistake; he was a good swimmer. See ante, p.

5 (This and the four following anecdotes are told by 844ED.)

Mr. Green of Litchfield. See ante, p. 44.-ED.]

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stuff, indeed, a sad unscholar-like performance. sity, some young men approached him with a I could not have believed that that man would view to entertainment. They knew the subject have written so ill.'

of Scotch poetry and Scotch literature would call “He then said, · Dr. Brocklesby, do you think him forth. They talked of Ossian, and Home's there is a possibility that I should recover?' tragedy of Douglas; and one of them repeated • What nature may do I cannot say, but art has some verses from the latter ; after which he called done her utmost. How long do you think I out, • There's imagery for you, Dr. Johnson ! may live?' I cannot precisely say, perhaps a There's description ! Did you ever know any few days.' That is honest and friendly. Do man write like that?' Johnson replied, with you think I can live a week ?' 'No.'

• Do you

that tone of voice and motion of head and body ihink I can live six days ?' *Perhaps so.' Then for which he was remarkable, and which Garrick I will take no more physic; and now you will used to mimick inimitably, · Yes, sir, many a say I have killed myself 1.'

man, many a woman, and many a child 2.!" “Being desired to call in Dr. Warren, he said, they might call in any body they pleased ;' and “ The first visit Goldsmith ever received Warren was called. At his going away, 'You

from Dr. Johnson was on May 31, 1761 3; Golds. have come in,' said Dr. Johnson, at the eleventh when he gave an invitation to him and hour; but you shall be paid the same with your much other company, many of them literary men, fellow-labourers. Francis, put into Dr. Warren's to a supper in his lodgings. Dr. Percy, bishop of coach a copy of the English Poets.'

Dromore, one of the company then invited, being “ Some years before, some person in a company intimate with the great lexicographer, was de at Salisbury, of which Dr. Johnson was one, sired to call upon bim and take him with him. vouched for the company, that there was nobody As they went together, the former was much in it afraid of death.–Speak for yourself, sir; struck with the studied neatness of Johnson's for indeed I am.' 'I did not say of dying,' re- dress. He had on a new suit of clothes, a new plied the other ; but of death, meaning its con- wig nicely powdered, and every thing about him sequences.' * And so I mean,' rejoined the so perfectly dissimilar from his usual habits and Doctor; “I am very seriously afraid of the con- appearance, that his companion could not help sequences.'

inquiring the cause of this singular transforma.

tion, • Why, sir,' said Johnson, 'I hear that “Mr. Nichols was present when Goldsmith, who is a very great sloven, justifies Gent. Mag.

Mr. Henderson, the actor, had the his disregard of cleanliness and decency by quote v. lxi. p. 500.

honour of being introduced to Dr. ing my practice, and I am desirous this night to Johnson, and was highly entertained by the in- show him a better example.' " terview, The conversation turning on the merits of a certain dramatic writer, Johnson said, I “ Dr. Johnson's friendship for Mrs. Rev. Mr. never did the man an injury; but he would per

Elizabeth Aston 4 commenced at the Parker. sist in reading his tragedy to me.' When Hen

palace in Lichfield, the residence of Mr. Walmes. derson was taking his leave, he invited him with ley: with Mrs. Gastrel he became acquainted in much earnestness to come again frequently. “The London, at the house of her brother-in-law, Mr. oftener you call on me, sir, the more welcome will Hervey. During the Doctor's annual visits to his your visits be.'»

daughter-in-law, Lucy Porter, he spent much of A literary lady, expressing to Dr. Johnson his time at Slow-bill, where Mrs. Gastrel and her approbation of his Dictionary, and, in partic.

Mrs. Elizabeth Aston resided. They were the ular, her satisfaction at his not having admitted daughters of Sir Thomas Aston, of Aston-hall in into it any improper words—No, madam,' replied Cheshire, of whom it is said, that being applied he; 'I hope I have not daubed my fingers. I to for some account of his family, to illustrate the find, however, that you have been looking for History of Cheshire, he replied, that the title and them.'

“Boswell, in his minute and entertaining ac- 2 (I have quoted this anecdote solely with the view of count of Johnson's Life, has omitted to mention,

showing to bow little credit hearsay anecdotes are in

general entitled. Here is a story published by Sir Joseph that, when the Doctor first came to London with

Mawbey, a member of the house of commons, and a perhis pupil, Garrick, they borrowed five pounds on son every way worthy of credit, who says he had it from their joint note of Mr. Wilcocks, the bookseller Garrick. Now mark-Johnson's “ visit to Oxford about in the Strand."

the time of bis doctor's degree" was in 1754, the first time he had been there since he left the university ; but

Douglas was not acted till 1756. and Ossian not published “The mention of Johnson's name,” writes Sir till 1760. Every one knows that Dr. Johnson said of OsJoseph Mawbey,“ reminds me of an anecdote of sian that " many men, many women, and many children

might have written it." All therefore that is new in Sir him which I had from Garrick, with whom I be

Joseph Mawbey's story is false. Mr. Tyers related the longed to a summer club for many years (till he same story, Gentleman's Magazine, 1785, p. 86; but did died), first held at the assembly-house at Walton not lay the scene with such minute inaccuracy as Sir Jo

seph did.-ED.) Bridge, and afterwards at Hampton. I believe

3 [It was also in this year, 1761, that Goldsmith pubMr. Boswell does not mention this anecdote in his lished the " Vicar of Wakefield." (See ante, vol. I p. account of Johnson.

188. n.) This leads the Editor to observe a more serious “Whilst Johnson was sitting in one of the cof

inaccuracy of Mrs. Piozzi than Mr. Boswell notices, when

she says Johnson left her table to go and sell the “ Vicar fee-houses at Oxford, about the time when he had

of Wakefield” for Goldsmith. Now Dr. Johnson was a doctor's degree conferred on him by the Univer- not acquainted with the 'Thrales till 1765, four years after

the book had been published.-ED.)

4 (The following anecdotes are told by Mr. Parker from 1 (see ante, page 422.-ED.)

the relation of Mrs. Aston and her sister.-Ed.)

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