The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., Including a Journal of His Tour to the Hebrides Volume 4

The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., Including a Journal of His Tour to the Hebrides Volume 4

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...I believe there is hardly a day in which there is not something about me in the newspapers." On Monday, June 4, we all went to Lnton-Hoe, to see Lord Bute's magnificent seat, for which I had obtained a ticket. As we entered the park, I talked in a high style of my old friendship with Lord Mountstuart, and said, " I shall probably be much at this place." The sage, aware of human vicissitudes, gently checked me: " Don't you be too sure of that." He made two or three peculiar observations; as, when shown the botanical garden, "Is not every jarden a botanical garden?" When told that there was a shrubbery to the extent of several miles; "That is making a very foolish use of the ground; a little of it is very well." When it was proposed that we should walk on the pleasure ground; " Don't let us fatigue ourselves. Why should we walk there? HeYe is a fine tree, let's get to the top of it." But upon the whole, he was very much pleased. He said, " This is one of the places I do not regret having come to see. It is a very stately place, indeed; in the house magnificence is not sacrificed to convenience, nor convenience to magnificence. The library is very splendid; the dignity of the rooms is very great; and the quantity of pictures is beyond expectation, beyond hope." It happened without any previous concert that we visited the "1 SOCIETY OF PROCURATORS. 235 of Lord Bute upon the king's birthday; we dined and drank his majesty's health at an inn in the village of Luton. In the evening; I put him in mind of his promise to favour me with a copy of his celebrated Letter to the Earl of Chesterfield, and he was at last pleased to comply with this earnest request, by dictating it to me from his memory; for he believed that he himself had no copy. There was an...
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  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236669673
  • 9781236669674