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CONVERSATIONS WITH MANY EMINENT PERSONS ;
AND VARIOUS ORIGINAL PIECES OF HIS COMPOSITION,
NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED:
THE WHOLE EXHIBITING A VIEW OF LITERATURE AND
CENTURY DURING WHICH HE FLOURISHED.
L I F E
SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D.
IN 1772 Dr. Johnson was altogether quiescent as an authour; but it will be found, from the various evidences which I shall bring together, that his mind was acute, lively and vigorous.
TO SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS.
“ Be pleased to send to Mr. Banks, whose place of residence I do not know, this note, which I have sent open, that, if you please, you may read it. “ When you send it, do not use your own seal.
“ I am, Sir,
* Your most humble servant, 66 Feb. 27, 1772.
" SAM. JOHNSON."
TO JOSEPH BANKS, ESQ.
“ Hæc habet altrici Capra secunda Jovis.".
“ I RETURN thanks to you and to Dr. Solander for the pleasure which I received in yesterday's conversation. I could not recollect a motto for your Goat, but
liecenaar as law. 1943
* Thus translated by a friend :
“ In fame scarce second to the nurse of Jove,
“ This Goat, who twice the world had traversed round, “ Deserving both her master's cate and love,
“ Ease and perpetual pasture now has found.”