Letters of James Boswell - Vol. 2

Letters of James Boswell - Vol. 2

Letters of James Boswell - Vol. 2

Letters of James Boswell - Vol. 2

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To Samuel Johnson1

Dear Sir, Edinburgh, 8 January 1778.

Your congratulations upon a new year are mixed with complaint: mine must be so too. My wife has for some time been very ill, having been confined to the house these three months by a severe cold, attended with alarming symptoms.2

Did you ever look at a book written by Wilson, a Scotchman, under the Latin name of Volusenus, according to the custom of literary men at a certain period? It is entitled De Animi Tranquillitate. I earnestly desire tranquillity. Bona res quies: but I fear I shall never attain it: for, when unoccupied, I grow gloomy, and occupation agitates me to feverishness. . . . I am, dear Sir,

Your most affectionate humble servant, James Boswell.

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