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At dinner , Mr . Murphy entertained us with the history of Mr . Joseph Simpson , a
schoolfellow of Dr . Johnson ' s , a barrister at law , of good parts , but who fell into
a dissipated course of life , incompatible with that success in his profession ...
He reminded Dr . Johnson of Mr . Murphy ' s having paid him the highest
compliment that ever was paid to a layman , by asking his pardon for repeating
some oaths in the course of telling a story . Johnson and I supped this evening at
in whose company he happened to be , than Johnson ; or , however strange it
may seem to many , had a higher estimation of its refinements . Lord Elliot
informs me , that one day when Johnson and he were at dinner in a gentleman ' s
Sir John Pringle , " mine own friend and my father ' s friend , between whom and
Dr . Johnson I in vain wished to establish an acquaintance , as I respected and
lived in intimacy with both of them , observed to me once , very ingeniously , It is
JOHNSON . Sir , I am obliged to Mr . Dilly . I will wait upon him BOSWELL .
Provided , sir , I suppose , that the company which he is to have is agreeable to
you . " JOHNSON . What do you mean , sir ? What do you take me for ? Do you ...
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