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EDMOND MALONE, Esq.
MY DEAR SIR,
N every narrative, whether historical
utmost consequence. Of this I have ever been so firmly persuaded, that I inscribed a former work to that person who was the best judge of its truth. I need not tell you I mean General Paoli; who, after his great, though unsuccessful, efforts to preserve the liberties of his country, has found an honourable asylum in Britain, where he has now lived mang years the object of Royal regard and private respect; and whom I cannot name without expressing my very grateful sense
of the uniform kindness which he has been pleased to shew me.
ab The friends of Dr. Johnson can best judge, from internal evidence, whether the numerous conversations which form the most valuable part of the ensuing pages, are correctly related. To them therefore I wish to appeal, for the accu. racy of the portrait here exhibited to the world.
As one of those who were intimately acquainted with him, you have a title to this address. You have obligingly taken the trouble to peruse the original nuscript of this Tour, and can vouch for the strict fidelity of the present publica, tion. Your literary alliance : with our much-lamented friend, in consequence of haviog undertaken to render one of his labours more complete, by : your edition of Shakspeare, a work which I am confi.
dent will not disappoint the expectations of the publick, gives you another claim. But I have a still more powerful inducement to prefix your name to this volume, as it gives me an opportunity of letting the world know that I enjoy the honour and happiness of your friendship, and of thus publickly testifying the sincere regard with which I am,
He wAS OF AN ADMIRABLE PREGNANCY OF WIT, AND THAT PREGNANCY MUCH IMPROVED BY CONTINUAL STUDY FROM HIS CHILDHOOD; BY WHICH HE HAD GOTTEN SUCH A PROMPTNESS IN EXPRESSING HIS MIND, THAT HIS EXTEMPORAL SPEECHES WERE LITTLE INFERIOUR TO HIS PREMEDITATED WRITINGS. MANY, NO DOUBT, HAD READ AS DIUCH, AND PERHAPS MORE THAN
BUT SCARCE EVER ANY CONCOCTED HIS READING INTO JUDGEMENT AS HE DID.