The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, with Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

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T. Cadwell and W. Davies, 1807 - 460 pages

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Page 403 - been circulated, as to his conversation this day. It has been said, that being desired to attend to the noble prospect from the Castle-hill, he replied, " Sir, the noblest prospect that a Scotchman ever sees, is the high road that leads him to London."—* This
Page 357 - With daring aims irregularly great, " Pride in their port, defiance in their eye, ' ""'*' I see the lords of human kind pass by, " Intent on high designs, a thoughtful band, •..
Page 105 - we sat, a girl was spinning wool with a great wheel, and singing an Erse song: " I'll warrant you, (said Dr. Johnson,) one of the songs of Ossian." He then repeated these lines: " Verse sweetens toil, however rude the sound. " All at her work the village maiden sings
Page 105 - Nor while she turns the giddy wheel around, " Revolves the sad vicissitude of things." I thought I had heard these lines before.—JOHNSON. " I fancy not, sir; for they are in a detached poem, the name of which I do not remember, written by one Giffard, a parson.
Page 104 - Why, you must seek for them.^—He said, Paul Whitehead's Manners was a poor performance.—Speaking of Derrick, he told me " he had a kindness for him, and had often said, that if his letters had been written by one of a more established name, they would have been thought very pretty letters.
Page 10 - arrived at Boyd's inn, at the head of the Canongate. I went to him directly. He embraced me cordially; and I exulted in the thought, that I now had him actually in Caledonia. Mr. Scott's amiable manners, and attachment to our Socrates, at once united me to him. He told me that, before I came
Page 32 - He seemed to me to have an unaccountable prejudice against Swift; for I once took the liberty to ask him, if Swift had personally offended him, and he told me he had not. He said to-day, " Swift is clear, but he is shallow. In coarse humour, he is inferior to Arbuthnot; in delicate
Page 28 - Sir, never talk of your independency, who could let your Queen remain twenty years in captivity, and then be put to death, without even a pretence of justice, without your ever attempting to rescue her; and such a Queen too; as every man of any gallantry of spirit would have sacrificed his life for."—Worthy Mr. JAMES
Page 401 - Thus they parted.—They are now in another, and a higher, state of existence: and as they were both worthy Christian men, I trust they have met in happiness., But I must observe, in justice to my friend's political principles, and my own, that they have met in a place where there is no room for
Page 20 - This was one of the points upon which Dr. Johnson was strangely heterodox. For, surely, • Mr. Burke, with his other remarkable qualities, is also distinguished for his wit, and for wit of all kinds too : not merely that power of language which Pope chooses to denominate wit: • (True wit is Nature to advantage drest; What oft was thought, but ne'er so well exprest.)

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