The Life Of Samuel Johnson, Ll.d; Including A Journal Of His Tour To The Hebrides Volume 2

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byJames Boswell

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...an acquaintance of which I had been so long ambitious. My readers will, I trust, excuse me for being thus minutely circumstantial, when it is considered that the acquaintance of Dr. Johnson was to me a most valuable acquisition, and laid the foundation of whatever instruction and entertainment they may receive from my collections concerning the great subject of the work which they are now perusing. I did not visit him again till Monday, June 13., at which time I recollect no part of his conversation, except that when I told him I had been to see Johnson ride upon three horses, he said, " Such a man, Sir, should be encouraged; for his performances shew the extent of the human powers in one instance, and thus tend to raise our opinion of the faculties of man. He shews what may be attained by persevering application; so that every man may hope, that by giving as much application, although perhaps he may never ride three horses at a time, or dance upon a wire, yet he may be equally expert in whatever profession he has chosen to pursue/' (') (1) "In the year 1762 one Johnson, an Irishman, exhibited many feats of activity in horsemanship, and was, it is believed, the first performer, in that time, in or about London. He was an active clever fellow in his way, and seemed to be patronised by Mr. Burke, then a student in the Temple."--Prior's Life of Burke, vol. i. p. 124.--C.--In the Public Advertiser, July 25. 1758, this equestrian is thus noticed;--" The famous Thomas Johnson rode round the course on Durham Downs on two horses, with one foot on each saddle, and likewise rode an hundred yards, standing upon his head on the saddle." The following sketch of the latter period of his life, which is taken from Freeman's Dublin Journal, Dec. 13. 1785,...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...an acquaintance of which I had been so long ambitious. My readers will, I trust, excuse me for being thus minut...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:100 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021754827X

ISBN - 13:9780217548274

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