The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D: Including a Journal of His Tour to the Hebrides - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER VII. .
1773

George Steevens -- Letters to Mrs. Thrale, &c. -- Goldsmith and Evans the Bookseller -- Dalrympie's History -- Action in Speaking -- Chesterfield and Tyrawley -- The Spectator -- Sir Andrew Freeport -- Burnet's Own Times -- Good Friday -- Easter Day -- A Dinner at Johnson's -- Wages to Women Servants -- Keeping a Journal -- Luxury -- Equality -- The Stuarts -- Law Reports -- "The Gentle Shepherd" -- Whigs and Tories -- Sterne -- Charles Townshend -- "Happy Revolution" -- "She Stoops to Conquer" -- Short-hand -- Dedications-James Harris -- Playing on the Fiddle -- Duelling -- Lord Chatham's Verses to Garrlck -- Savage Life -- Suicide -- Eustace Budgell -- The Douglas Cause.

IN 1773, his only publication was an edition of his folio Dictionary, with additions and corrections; nor did he, so far as is known, furnish any productions of his fertile pen to any of his numerous friends or dependents, except the Preface* to his old amanuensis Mac bean 's "Dictionary of Ancient Geography".1 His Shakspeare, indeed, which had been received with high approbation by the public, and gone through several editions, was this year republished by George Steevens, Esq., a gentleman not only deeply skilled in ancient learning, and of very extensive reading in English literature, especially the early writers, but at the same time of acute discernment and elegant taste. It is almost unnecessary to say, that by his great and valuable additions to Dr. Johnson's work, he justly obtained considerable reputation: --

"Divisum imperium cum Jove Cæsar habet."

LETTER 146. TO MRS. THRALE

"Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1773.

"Last night was very tedious, and this day makes no promises of much ease. However, I have this day put on my shoe, and hope that gout is gone. I

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He, however, wrote, or partly wrote, an Epitaph on Mrs. Bell, wife of his friend John Bell, Esq., brother of the Rev. Dr. Bell, Prebendary of Westminster, which is printed in his works. It is in English prose, and has so little of his manner, that I did not believe he had any hand in it, till I was satisfied of the fact by the authority of Mr. Bell.

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents of Vol. II iii
  • Chapter I - 1769 9
  • Chapter II - 1769-1770 29
  • Chapter III - 1770 47
  • Chapter IV - 1771 60
  • Chapter V - 1772 81
  • Chapter VI - 1772-1773 98
  • Chapter VII - 1773 117
  • Chapter VIII - 1773 144
  • Chapter IX - 1773 168
  • Chapter X 190
  • Chapter XI 203
  • Chapter XII 219
  • Chapter XIII - 1773 236
  • Chapter XIV - 1773 255
  • Chapter XV - 1773 276
  • Chapter XVI - 1773 301
  • Chapter XVII - 1773 323
  • Chapter XVIII - 1773 348
  • Chapter XIX - 1773 376
  • Chapter XX - 1773 396
  • Chapter XXI - 1773 421
  • Chapter XXII - 1773 441
  • Appendix 467
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