The Life of Samuel Johnson Including a Journal of His Tour to the Hebrides. to Which Are Added, Anecdotes by Hawkins, Piozzi, &C. and Notes by Various Hands Volume 3

The Life of Samuel Johnson Including a Journal of His Tour to the Hebrides. to Which Are Added, Anecdotes by Hawkins, Piozzi, &C. and Notes by Various Hands Volume 3

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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. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...however (Biog. Brit. art. " J. Gilbert Cooper," p.266., n. new edit.), says, that he "once heard Dr. have heard, that Johnson, when observing to him that it was prudent for a man who had not been accustomed to speak in public, to begin his speech in as simple a manner as possible, acknowledged that he rose in that society to deliver a speech which he had prepared; " but," said he, " all my flowers of oratory forsook me." I however cannot help wishing, that he had " tried his hand " in Parliament; and I wonder that ministry did not make the experiment. (') Johnson speak in the Society of Arts and Manufactures, upon a subject relative to mechanics, with a propriety, perspicuity, and energy, which excited general admiration."--M. I cannot give credit to Dr. Kjppis's account against Johnson's own statement, vouched by Lord Stowell and Mr. Hamilton; but even if we could, one speech in the Society of Arts was no test of what Johnson might have been able to do in parliament; and it may be suspected that, at the age of sixty-two, he, with all his talents, would have failed to acquire that peculiar tact and dexterity, without which even great abilities do not succeed in that very fastidious assembly.--C. (1) The publication of Johnson's political tracts exhibited him to the world in a new character: he ceased now to be considered as one who, having been imnv conversant with books than with men, knew little of active life, the views of parties, or the artifices of designing men: on the contrary, they discovered that he had, by the force of his own genius, and the observations he had made on the history of our own and other countries, attained to such skill in the grand leading principles of political science, as are seldom acquired by those in the most...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123666602X
  • 9781236666024