The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D., and the Journal of His Tour to the Hebrides Volume 2

The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D., and the Journal of His Tour to the Hebrides Volume 2

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...him to do any thing, however desperate, because he has nothing to fear." Goldsmith. " I don't see that." Johnson. " Nay, but my dear Sir, why should not you see what every one else sees?" GOLDSMITH. " It is for fear of something that he has resolved to kill himself: and will not that timid disposition restrain him?' 1 I presume Mr., after Sir W. W. Pepys, a Master in Chancery, a frequent visitor at Streatham, but between whom and Johnson there was not much good will.--Croker. 1 The gentleman here meant was, no doubt, Johnson's friend, William Fitzherbert, Esq., Member for Derby, who terminated his own existence in January, 1772.--CROKER. Age 64. AT HOME IN JOHNSON'S COURT. 195 JOHNSON. " It does not signify that the fear of something made him resolve; it is upon the state of his mind, after the resolution is taken that 1 argue. Suppose a man either from fear, or pride, or conscience, or whatever motive, has resolved to kill himself; when once the resolution is taken, he has nothing to fear. He may then go and take the King of Prussia by the nose, at the head of his army. He cannot fear the rack, who is resolved to kill himself. When Eustace Budgell was walking down to the Thames, determined to drown himself, he might, if he pleased, without any apprehension of danger, have turned aside, and first set fire to St. James's palace." 1 On Tuesday, April 27, Mr. Beauclerk and I called on him in the morning. As we walked up Johnson's-court, I said, " I have a veneration for this court;" and was glad to find that Beauclerk had the same reverential enthusiasm. We found him alone. We talked of Sir Andrew Stuart's elegant and plausible Letters to Lord Mansfield;2 a copy of which had been sent by the authour to Dr. Johnson. JOHNSON. " They have not answered...show more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123666275X
  • 9781236662750