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Boswell) are, like my ideas, very irregular, and at a great distance from each other."

"Sir W. Maxwell * said he was allways affraid (sic) of a clever man till he knew if he had good nature. Yes,' said Boswell; 'when you see a clever man you see a man brandishing a drawn sword, and you are uneasy till you know if he intends only to make it glitter in the sun, or to run you through the body with it.'"

“A robust Caledonian was telling (in the Scots pronunciation) that he was born in Embro. Indeed!' said an English physician: 'upon my word, the prettiest abortion I ever saw.'" MR. CRAWFURD, † ROTTERDAM.

"Boswell said that men of lively fancies seldom tell a story so distinctly as those of slower capacity, as they confound the intellect with an excess of brilliancy. It is a common expression, I cannot see for the light. It may also be said, I cannot understand you; you shine so much."

"Boswell told Mr. Samuel Johnson that a gentleman of their acquaintance maintained in public company that he could see no distinction between virtue and vice. 'Sir,' said Mr. Johnson, does he intend that we should believe that he is lying, or that he is in earnest ? If we think him a lyar, that is not honouring him very much. But if we think him in earnest, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.'

"Mr. Sheridan, though a man of knowledge and parts, was a little fancifull (sic) in his projects for establishing oratory and altering the mode of British education. Mr. Samuel Johnson,' said Sherry, 'cannot abide me, for I allways ask him, Pray sir, what do you propose to do?' From MR. JOHNSON.

*Sir William Maxwell, fourth Baronet of Monreith, Wigtonshire. He died 22nd August, 1771.

† Mr. Crawfurd succeeded the Rev. John Home in 1770, as Conservator of Scots Privileges at Campvere.

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"Boswell was talking to Mr. Samuel Johnson of Mr. Sheridan's enthusiasm for the advancement of eloquence. 'Sir,' said Mr. Johnson, it won't do. He cannot carry through his scheme. He is like a man attempting to stride the English Channel. Sir, the cause bears no proportion to the effect. It is setting up a candle at Whitechapel to give light at Westminster.'

"When Mr. Trotz,* Professor of Civil Law at Utrecht, was at Copenhagen, he had a mind to hear the Danish pulpit oratory, and went into one of their churches. At that time the barbarous custom of making spoil of shipwrecked goods still prevailed in Denmark. The minister prayed with great fervency: 'O Lord, if it please Thee to chastise the wicked for their sins, and to send forth Thy stormy winds to destroy their ships, we beg that Thou mayest throw them upon our coasts rather upon any other, that Thy chosen people may receive benefit therefrom, and with thankful hearts may glorify Thy holy name."" MR. TROTZ.

"Tres faciunt collegium' is the common adage. A professor of law at Utrecht came to his college one day, and found but one student. He would not have it said that he was obliged to dismiss for want of auditors. So he gravely pronounced, 'Deus unus, ergo duo in tres. Tres faciunt collegium. IncipeAn UTRECHT Student.


"An English gentleman who was studying at Geneva was introduced to Mr. Voltaire, and at one of the comedies which were given at the Delice he had the part of a stupid absurd Englishman assigned to him. The gentleman was modest and anxious, and was saying he did not know well how to do. Mr. Voltaire encouraged him: Sir,' said he, 'don't be affraid. Just act in your own natural way, and you'll do very well."" MR. TEMPLE.

* C. H. Trotz, the great German jurisconsult, whose lectures on civil law Boswell attended at Utrecht in 1763. Professor Trotz was born in 1701, and died in 1773.

"The King of Prussia asked an English gentleman why the civil law did not universally prevail in Great Britain. The gentleman replied, Because we are not Romans. 'That is true,' said the King, but your nation has produced many Romans.'" M. GIFFARDIER.

"When Lord Hope* was presented to the King of Prussia, he told him that he made in one summer the tour of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. 'Ay,' said the king, and pray, my lord, why have you not been in Siberia ?"" M. GIFFARDIER.

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"Mr. Samuel Johnson said of Sheridan, 'Sherry is dull, naturally dull, but it must have cost him a great deal of pains to become so exceedingly stupid; such an excess of stupidity is not in nature. MR. DEMPSTER, from FOOTE. †


"The Earl of Marchmont and Lord Littleton ‡ differed warmly

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James, Lord Hope, subsequently third Earl of Hopetoun, was born in 1741; he entered the army in 1758, and was present at the battle of Minden the following year; he left the army in 1764 to accompany his elder brother on a Continental tour; he succeeded to the earldom in 1781, and was afterwards elected a representative peer. He died on the 29th May, 1816, aged seventy-five.

+ Samuel Foote, the celebrated comedian, was born in 1720, at Truro, in Cornwall; he belonged to a respectable family, but he soon wasted his inheritance and his wife's fortune by a course of dissipation. Compelled by necessity, he became a play er, making his début in the Haymarket Theatre in 1747. From a grotesque imitation of leading persons he attained popularity, accompanied with a rancorous feeling on the part of those whom he subjected to ridicule. He was an entertaining companion, but possessed few amiable qualities. He died in October, 1777, and was buried in Westminster Abbey.

George Lyttleton was born in 1709. As a commoner he entered Parliament in his twenty-first year. He opposed Walpole, and in 1732 was appointed secretary to Frederick, Prince of Wales. On Walpole's retirement he obtained a succession of offices, culminating in the Chancellorship of the Exchequer; in 1759 he was raised to the peerage. Henceforth he cultivated letters, producing various works in

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about the authenticity of Fingal. Macpherson said he should like to see them fighting a duel in Hyde Park. See them!' said Dempster: 'no one man could possibly see them, they would stand at such a distance from one another.' I was present.

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"When Derrick was made King of Bath, Mr. Samuel Johnson said, 'Derry may do very well while he can outrun his character, but the moment that his character gets up with him he is gone."" I was present.

"When Dempster was at Brussels, a young gentleman of Scotland was very bad. Dempster said that the surgeons poured mercury into him as if he had been the tube of a weather-glass."

"Boswell told Mr. Samuel Johnson that Sir James Macdonald said he had never seen him, but he had a great respect for him, though at the same time a great terror. 'Were he to see me,' said Mr. Johnson, it would probably lessen both.""

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'Mr. Samuel Johnson told Boswell that Dr. Goldsmith when abroad used to dispute in the universities, and so get prize money, which carried him on in his travels. 'Well,' said Boswell, that was indeed disputing his passage through Europe.'

"Boswell was saying that Derrick was a miserable writer. True,' said Mr. Samuel Johnson, † 'but it is to his being a

prose and verse. He was inclined to indolence, but was much esteemed for his high principle and moral worth. He died 22nd August, 1773.

* Boswell has inserted this anecdote in his Life of Dr. Johnson. Sir James Macdonald, Bart., the "Scottish Marcellus," was eighth baronet. of Sleat, and male representative of the Lords of the Isles. Born in 1741, he early distinguished himself at Eton by the variety of his accomplishments, and high hopes were entertained of his career. He was unhappily seized with a complication of disorders, of which he died on the 26th July, 1766, at the age of twenty-five.

This anecdote is included by Boswell in his "Life of Johnson.'

writer that he owes anything he has. Sir, had not Derrick been a writer, he would have been sweeping the crosses in the streets, and asking halfpence from everybody that passed.'

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"A good-natured, stupid man, at Bath, wanted to appear a man of some consequence by talking often with Mr. Quin,* although he had nothing earthly to say more than Your servant, Mr. Quin! I hope you are well.' Quin bore with him for some time, but at last he lost patience, and one day when the gentleman came up to him with a 'Mr. Quin, I hope you are well!' Quin replied, 'Yes, sir, I am very well, and intend to be so for six months to come; so, sir, till that time I desire you may not again ask me that question.'

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MR. ROSE, at Utrecht.

"Mr. Samuel Johnson and Boswell slept in one room at Chichester. A moth flew round the candle for some time, and burnt itself to death. That creature,' said Mr. Johnson, was its own tormentor, and I believe its name was Boswell.'" †


Mr. Fordyce ‡ said that a man of public character who falls into disgrace in England receives immediate punishment from the mob; and is a greater man than Orpheus, who only made live animals follow him, whereas the rogue makes dead cats come after him." I was present.

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Baldie Robertson, a Scotch advocate, asked Boswell to

* James Quin, the player, was extremely pugnacious; he fought two duels, in one of which he killed his antagonist. His latter years, on his partial retirement from the stage, were spent at Bath. He died on the 21st January, 1766, aged seventy-three.

† Boswell has published this anecdote in his "Life of Johnson."

Boswell was on terms of friendship with the Rev. Dr. James Fordyce, author of "Addresses to the Deity." He died at Bath on the 1st October, 1796. His nephew, Dr. George Fordyce, an eminent physician in the metropolis, became in 1774 a member of the Literary Club. He published numerous professional works, and died 25th May, 1802.

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