The Life of Samuel Johnson; Including a Journal of His Tour to the Hebrides Volume 9

The Life of Samuel Johnson; Including a Journal of His Tour to the Hebrides Volume 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...hkn may possibly be better known than the motives that actuated me at the time.--Hawkins.--Miss Hawkins's Memoirs, vol. i. p. 264., tells this story in the same way, supplies Steevens's name, and insists on the same justification, which would be quite inconclusive, even if the fact on which the suspicion against Steevens VOL. IX. M At the mention of this circumstance, Johnson paused; but recovering himself, said, ' You should not have laid hands on the hook; for had I missed it, and not known you had it, I should have roared for iny book, as Othello did for his handkerchief, and probably have run mad." I gave him time, till the next day, to compose himself, and then wrofei him a letter, apologising, and assigning at large the reasons for my conduct; and received a verbal answer by Mr. Langton, which, were I to repeat it, would render me suspected of inexcusable vanity ('); it concluded with these words, " If I was not satisfied with this, I must be a savage." 7th. I again visited him. Before my departure, Dr. Brocklesby came in, and, taking him by the wrist, Johnson gave him a look of great contempt, and ridiculed the judging of his disorder by the pulse. He complained, that the sarcocele had again made its appearance, and asked if a puncture would not relieve him, as it had done the year before? The doctor answered, that it might, but that his surgeon was the best judge of the effect of such an operation. Johnson, upon this, said, " How many men in a year die through the timidity of those whom they consult for health! I want length of life, and you fear giving me pain, which I care not for." 8th. I visited him with Mr. Langton, and found was grounded were true; for the purloined paper was only a copy of an address more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236541545
  • 9781236541543