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ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS IN VOL. V.
Page 22,-1. 11, 16, and 18, for Lennox, read-Lowe; Mr. Lowe the painter. 22, note 2,
add-see ante, vol. iii. p. 489, n. 2. · 65,-line 26,
on love and madness, add note-[A kind of novel
founded on the story of Mr. Hackman and
Miss Ray, see vol. iv. p. 254.--Ed.] 70, note 2,
add-BOSWELL. 106, note,
add–The text not here accurately quoted is in
Ecclesiastes, c. xi. v. 3. 132,_line 19, on Bellamy, add note-[An actress who published
memoirs of her life... ED.) 223, note 2,
add--Mr. Chalmers says that they were certainly
chiefly collected by Stevens, and published
by him in the St. James's Chronicle.
160. 233, note,
add_The following version, if less poetical, is
at least more exact :
Pray four, feast two-the rest the muses claim."
himself was in one of James's sea fights long
prior to the siege of Derry.] 265, note 1,
between and and appears, insert—the sentence. 286, note 1,
for 7th December, read—5th December. 316, note 2,
add-Bishop Sanderson is referred to, because he
was an eminent casuist, and treated of cases
of conscience. 349, note,
add-Mr. Boswell may perhaps have meant “ The
Idler, No. 82,” where Johnson added to Sir Joshua Reynolds's paper the words, “and pollute his canvas with deformity.”
My correspondence with Dr. Johnson during the rest of this year was, I know not why, very scanty, and all on my side. I wrote him one letter to introduce Mr. Sinclair (now Sir John), the member for Caithness", to his acquaintance; and informed him in another that my wife had again been affected with alarming symptoms of illness. [But his letters to Ep. other correspondents, and particularly to Mrs. Thrale, carry on the story of his life.]
[“ DR. JOHNSON TO MRS. LUCY PORTER.
Pearson “ London, 9th June, 1781.
MSS. “DEAR MADAM,—I hope the summer makes you better. My disorders, which had come upon me again, have again given way to medicine; and I am a better sleeper than I have ely been.
“ The death of dear Mr. Thrale has made my attendance upon his home necessary; but we have sold the trade, which we did not know how to manage, and have sold it for an hun: dred and thirty thousand pounds.
“My Lives are at last published, and you will receive them this week by the carrier. I have some hopes of coming this
i [The Right Honourable Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster, bait. ; à voluminous writer on agriculture and statistics.—ED.)
? [This passage is transposed from the date, (January, 1782,) under which it stands in the original edition, to this, its more proper place.-ED.] VOL. V.
summer amongst you for a short time. I shall be loath to miss
“ TO BENNET LANGTON, ESQ.
“ Bolt-court, 16th June, 1781. “ DEAR SIR,—How welcome your account of yourself and your invitation to your new house was to me, I need not tell you, who consider our friendship not only as formed by choice, but as matured by time. We have been now long enough acquainted to have many images in common, and therefore to have a source of conversation which neither the learning nor the wit of a new companion can supply.
My Lives are now published; and if you will tell me whither I shall send them, that they may come to you, I will take that you
shall not be without them. “ You will perhaps be glad to hear that Mrs. Thrale is disencumbered of her brewhouse; and that it seemed to the purchaser so far from an evil, that he was content to give for it an hundred and thirty-five thousand pounds. Is the nation ruined ?
“ Please to make my respectful compliments to Lady Rothes, and keep me in the memory of all the little dear family, particularly Mrs. Jane. I am, sir, your affectionate humble servant,
“ SAM. JOHNSON.”
Johnson's charity to the poor was uniform and extensive, both from inclination and principle. He not only bestowed liberally out of his own purse, but what is more difficult as well as rare, would beg from others, when he had proper objects in view. This he did judiciously as well as humanely. Mr. Philip Metcalfe tells me, that when he has asked him for some money for persons in distress, and Mr. Metcalfe has offered what Johnson thought too much, he insisted on taking less, saying, “No, no, sir; we must not pamper them.”
[With advising others to be charitable, however,
fee ante, vol. iii. p. 483.-En.]