Croker's Boswell and Boswell: Studies in the "Life of Johnson". ...

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Chapman & Hall, 1880 - 308 pages
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Page 200 - MR. JAMES MACPHERSON, I received your foolish and impudent letter. Any violence offered me I shall do my best to repel; and what I cannot do for myself, the law shall do for me. I hope I shall never be deterred from detecting what I think a cheat, by the menaces of a ruffian.
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Page 103 - April 26th, 1752, being after 12 at Night of the 25th. " O Lord ! Governour of heaven and earth, in whose hands are embodied and departed Spirits, if thou hast ordained the Souls of the Dead to minister to the Living, and appointed my departed Wife to have care of me, grant that I may enjoy the good effects of her attention and ministration, whether exercised by appearance, impulses, dreams, or in any other manner agreeable to thy Government. Forgive my presumption, enlighten my ignorance, and however...
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Page 203 - Sheridan cannot bear me. I bring his declamation to a point. I ask him a plain question, ' What do you mean to teach?' Besides, sir, what influence can Mr. Sheridan have upon the language of this great country, by his narrow exertions ? Sir, it is burning a farthing candle at Dover, to show light at Calais.
Page 144 - No ; for that every wise man who intended to shoot himself took two pistols, that he might be sure of doing it at once. Lord 's cook shot himself with one pistol, and lived ten days in great agony.
Page 157 - Can you write such a letter as this? So miscellaneous with such noble disdain of regularity; like Shakspeare's works, such graceful negligence of transition, like the ancient enthusiasts? The pure voice of nature and of friendship.
Page 196 - Doctor; and of every one else, when in that presence, he was unobservant, if not contemptuous. In truth, when he met with Dr. Johnson, he commonly forbore even answering anything that was said, or attending to any thing that went forward, lest he should miss the smallest sound from that voice to which he paid such exclusive, though merited homage. But the moment that voice burst forth, the attention which it excited in Mr.

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