The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: In Twelve Volumes - Vol. 10

The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: In Twelve Volumes - Vol. 10

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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: In Twelve Volumes - Vol. 10

The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: In Twelve Volumes - Vol. 10

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EDMUND SMITH is one of those lucky writers who have, without much labour, attained high reputation, and who are mentioned with reverence rather for the possession than the exertion of uncommon abilities. Of his life little is known; and that little claims no praise but what can be given to intellectual excellence seldom employed to any virtuous purpose. His character, as given by Mr. Oldisworth with all the partiality of friendship, which is said by Dr. Burton to shew "what fine things one man of parts can say of another," and which, however, comprises great part of what can be known of Mr. Smith, it is better to transcribe at once than to take by pieces. I shall subjoin such little memorials as accident has enabled me to collect.

Mr. EDMUND SMITH was the only son of an eminent merchant, one Mr. Neale, by a daughter of the famous baron Lechmere. Some misfortunes of his father, which were soon followed by his death, were the occasion of the son's being left very young in the hands of a near relation (one who married Mr. Neale's sister) whose name was Smith.

This gentlemen and his lady treated him as their own child, and put him to Westminster school under the . . .

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