'SIR,' said Dr. Johnson, 'it is the most extraordinary thing that has happened in my day.'
The most extraordinary thing that had happened in Dr. Johnson's day was the 'warning' to the noble peer generally spoken of as 'the wicked Lord Lyttelton.' The Doctor went on thus: 'I heard it with my own ears from his uncle, Lord Westcote. I am so glad to have every evidence of the spiritual world that I am willing to believe it.' Dr. Adams replied, 'You have evidence enough-- good evidence, which needs no support.' Dr. Johnson growled out, 'I like to have more!'
Thus the Doctor was willing to believe what it suited him to believe, even though he had the tale at third or fourth hand; for Lord Westcote was not with the wicked Lord Lyttelton at the time of his death, on November 27, 1779. Dr. Johnson's observations were made on June 12, 1784.
To Lord Westcote's narrative we shall return.
As a study in Russian scandal, and the growth