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

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CHAPTER XIII.
1773.

Ellon -- "The Great Doctor" -- Goldsmith and Graham -- Slains Castle -- Lady Errol -- Education of Children-Buller and Buchan -- Entails -- House of Peers -- Sir Joshua Reynolds -- Earl of Errol -- Feudal Times -- Strichen -- Life of Country Gentlemen -- Cullen -- Lord Monboddo -- Use and Importance of Wealth -- Elgin -- Scenery of Macbeth -- Fores -- Leonidas -- Paul Whitehead -- Derrick -- Origin of Evil -- Nairn -- Calder Castle -- Calder Manse -- Kenneth M'Auley -- Eccleslastical Subscription -- Family Worship.

Tuesday, August 24. -- WE set out about eight in the morning, and breakfasted at Ellon. The landlady said to me, "Is not this the great doctor that is going about through the country?" I said, "Yes.""Ay,", said she, " we heard of him; I made an errand into the room on purpose to see him. There's something great in his appearance: it is a pleasure to have such a man in one's house; a man who does so much good. If I had thought of it, I would have shown him a child of mine, who has had a lump on his throat for some time.""But," said I, "he is not a doctor of physic." "Is he an oculist?" said the landlord. "No," said I; "he is only a very learned man." LANDLORD. "They say he is the greatest man in England, except Lord Mansfield." Dr. Johnson was highly entertained with this, and I do think he was pleased too. He said, "I like the exception. To have called me the greatest man in England, would have been an unmeaning compliment; but the exception marked that the praise was in earnest, and, in Scotland, the exception must be Lord Mansfield, or -- Sir John Pringle."

He told me a good story of Dr. Goldsmith. Graham, who wrote "Telemachus, a Masque," was sitting one night with him and Dr. Johnson, and was half drunk. He rattled away to Dr. Johnson. "You are a clever fellow, to be sure; but you cannot write an essay like Addison, or verses like the Rape of the Lock." At last he said, Doctor, I should be happy to see you at Eton."1"I shall be glad

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Graham was one of the masters at Eton. -- C.

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Table of contents

  • 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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