The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; a Series of His Epistolatory Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published: the Whole Exhibiting a View of Literature and Literary Men in Great-Britain, for Near Half a Century During which He Flourished, Том 2
W. Andrews and L. Blake, and Cushing and Appleton, Salem, 1807
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He again justly observed , that we could have no certainty of the truth of
supernatural appearances , unless something was told us which we could not
know by ordinary means , or something done which could not be done but by
supernatu . ral ...
Johnson . Why , Sir , the happiness of an unembodied spirit will consist in a
consciousness of the favour of God , in the contemplation of truth , and in the
possession of felicitating ideas . ” BosweLL . “ But , Sir , is there any harm in our
This objection is made against the truth of ghosts appearing : that if they are in a
state of happiness , it would be a punishment to them to return to this world ; and
if they are in a state of misery , it would be giving them a respite . ” Johnson .
The first view of it did not strike us so much as Ranelagh , of which he said , the “
coup d'ail was the finest thing he had ever The truth is , Ranelagh is of a more
beautiful form ; more of it , or rather indeed the whole rotunda , appears at once ...
As he is to instruct with authority , he should be regarded with reverence , as one
upon whom divine truth has had the effect to set him above such transgressions ,
as men , less exalted by spiritual habits and yet upon the whole not to be ...
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