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THE

L I F E

OF

SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.

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THE

L I F E

OF

SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.

COMPREHENDING

AN ACCOUNT OF HIS STUDIES,

AND NUMEROUS WORKS,

IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER;

A SERIES OF HIS EPISTOLARY CORRESPONDENCE

AND CONVERSATIONS WITH MANY EMINENT PERSONS;

AND

Various Original Pieces of his Composition,

NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED:

THE WHOLE EXHIBITING A VIEW OF LITERATURE AND LITERARY
MEN IN GREAT BRITAIN, FOR NEAR HALF A CENTURY

DURING WHICH HE FLOURISHED.

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PRINTED FOR J. RICHARDSON AND CO.; G. OFFOR; J. SHARPE AND

SON; ROBINSONS AND CO.; G. WALKER; J. EVANS AND SONS ;
R. DOBSON ; J. JONES; AND J. JOHNSON : ALSO, J. CARFRAE, AND
J. SUTHERLAND, EDINBURGH ; AND R. GRIFFIN AND CO. GLASGOW.

1821.

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THE

LIFE

OF

SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.

On the 5th of March: I wrote to him, requesting his counsel whether I should this spring come to London. I stated to him on the one hand some pecuniary embarrassments, which, together with my wife's situation at that time, made me hesitate; and, on the other, the pleasure and improvement which my annual visit to the metropolis always afforded me; and particularly mentioned a peculiar satisfaction which I experienced in celebrating the festival of Easter in St. Paul's cathedral; that to my fancy it appeared like going up to Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover; and that the strong devotion which I felt on that occasion diffused its influence on my mind through the rest of the year.

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TO JAMES BOSWELL, ESQ:

[Not dated, but written about DEAR SIR,

the 15th of March.] « I AM ashamed to think that since I received your letter I have passed so many days without answering it.

VOL. III.

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