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 had said in in the morning , that “ Macaulay's History of St. Kilda ” was very
well written , except some foppery about liberty and slavery . I mentioned to him
that Macaulay told me , he was advised to leave out of his book the wonderful
... great acuteness of observation , great retention of what is observed , and great
pliancy of organs , to represent what is observed . I remember a lady of quality in
this town , Lady wonderful mimick , and used to make me laugh immoderately .
... that the lodgings of the counsel were near the town - hall ; -- and that those little
animals moved from place to place with wonderful agility . Johnson sat in great
impatience till 1772. the gentleman had finished his tedious narrative , and DR .
His Lordship , with wonderful acumen , pointed out exactly where his composition
began , and where it ended . But that I may do impartial justice , and conform to
the great rule of Courts , Suum cuique tribuito , I must add , that their Lordships in
Nor would he patiently allow me to enlarge upon Johnson's wonderful abilities ;
but exclaimed , “ Is he like Burke , who winds into a subject like a serpent ? ” “ But
, ( said 1 , ) Johnson is the Hercules who strangled serpents in his cradle .
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