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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,
70, note 2,
add see ante, vol. iii. p. 489, n. 2.
223, note 2,
226, note, 233, note,
on love and madness, add note-[A kind of novel
add-The text not here accurately quoted is in
on Bellamy, add note-[An actress who published memoirs of her life.-ED.]
add--Mr. Chalmers says that they were certainly chiefly collected by Stevens, and published by him in the St. James's Chronicle.
after ante, insert-vol. i. p. 160.
add-The following version, if less poetical, is at least more exact :
"Six hours to sleep devote-to law the same;
Pray four, feast two-the rest the muses claim."
on ancestor, add note-[This is absurd-Carleton
between and and appears, insert-the sentence.
was an eminent casuist, and treated of cases
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."
SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D.
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 ED. other correspondents, and particularly to Mrs. Thrale, carry on the story of his life.]
["DR. JOHNSON TO MRS. LUCY PORTER.
"London, 9th June, 1781. "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 1 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
[The Right Honourable Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster, bart.; a 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.]
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 care 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 1."
[With advising others to be charitable, however,