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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
That Mr. Bewley might have wished and asked for Dr. Johnson's autograph is
natural enough ; but that , after a lapse of five years , he should have been
satisfied with receiving instead of an autograph a few bristles of a broom is too
[ A set of Rymer which he was charitably endeavouring to sell for Davis , probably
to Mr. Gerard Hamilton ; and this was , perhaps , the occasion which made Mr.
Hamilton say that he once asked him for 501 , for a charitable purpose.-Ed. ) 2 p .
... that he could name one Scotch writer whom Dr. Johnson himself would allow
to have written better than any man of the age ; and upon Johnson's asking who it
was , answered , “ Lord Bute , when he signed the warrant for your pension .
... thousand a year will do more good than a man who spends two thousand and
gives away eight . ” In the evening I came to him again . He was somewhat fretful
from his illness . A gentleman asked him whether he had been abroad to - day .
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12/22/20 I own the complete set (vol 1-54) and keep them at home on the top west shelf of my office; this includes The Great Conversation (which is volume 1) and The Great Ideas (volumes 2-3, the ... Read full review
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