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

CENTURY DURING WHICH HE FLOURISHED.

BY JAMES BOSWELL, ESQ.

..... Quò fit ut OMNIS
Votive pateat veluti descripta tabella
VITA SENIS ......

HORAT.

FIRST AMERICAN FROM THE FIFTH LONDON EDITION.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY W. ANDREWS AND L. BLAKE.

GREENOUGH AND STEBBINS, PRINTERS.

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1807.

Thrisani
Siswa

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THE

L I F E

OF

SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D.

IN 1772 Dr. Johnson was altogether quiescent as an authour; but it will be found, from the various evidences which I shall bring together, that his mind was acute, lively and vigorous.

TO SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS.

DEAR SIR,

“ Be pleased to send to Mr. Banks, whose place
of residence I do not know, this note, which I have
sent open, that, if you please, you may read it.
“ When you send it, do not use your own seal.

,
“I am, Sir,

* Your most humble servant,
66 Feb. 27, 1772.

“ SAM. JOHNSON."

TO JOSEPH BANKS, ESQ.
Perpetua ambitá bis terrâ præmia lactis

Hæc habet altrici Capra secunda Jovis..
SIR,

“ I RETURN thanks to you and to Dr. Solander for the pleasure which I received in yesterday's conversation. I could not recollect a motto for your Goat, but

{blican!! Ganunin

· Thus translated by a friend :

" In fame scarce second to the nurse of Jove,

“ This Goat, who twice the world had traversed round, “ Deserving both her master's cate and love,

“ Ease and perpetual pasture now has found."

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