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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MY DEAR SIR , “ It is hard that I cannot prevail on you to write to me oftener . But I
am convinced that it is in vain to expect from you a private correspondence with
any regularity . I must , therefore , look upon you as a fountain of wisdom , from ...
Mr. Peyton , one of his original amanuenses , was writing for him . I put him in
mind of a meaning of the word side , which he had omitted , viz . relationship ; as
father's side , mother's side . He inserted it . I asked him if humiliating was a good
He said , “ Goldsmith's life of Parnell is poor ; not that it is poorly written , but that
he had poor materials ; for nobody can write the life of a man , but those who
have eat and drunk and lived in social intercourse with him . ” I said , that if it was
I pressed him to write down his thoughts upon the subject . He said , “ There's no
occasion for my writing . I'll talk to you . " He was , however , at last prevailed on '
to dictate to me , while I wrote as follows : “ The charge is , that he has used ...
While learnÆtat . ing to read and write is a distinction , the few who have 63. that
distinction may be the less inclined to work ; but when every body learns to read
and write , it is no longer a distinction . A man who has a laced waistcoat is too ...
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