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at Cicero's Head, Red Lion Paffage, Fleet-Street;
for DAVID HENRY, late of St. John's Gate.
And fold by ELIZ. NEWBERY, the Corner of St. Paul's
Church Yard, Ludgate-Street. 1791.

Dr. JOHNSON'S Letter to the Earl of CHESTERFIEL D.

Feb..... 1755



HAVE been lately informed, by the proprietors of the World, that two papers, in which my Dictionary is recommended to the publick, were written by your Lordship. To be fo distinguished is an honour which, being very little accustomed to favours from the great, I know not well how to receive, or in what terms to acknowledge.

When, upon fome flight encouragement, I firft vifited your Lordship, I was overpowered, like the rest of mankind, by the enchantment of your addrefs, and could not forbear to with, that I might boast myself le vainqueur du vainqueur de la terre'; that I might obtain that regard for which I faw the world contending. But I found my attendance fo little encouraged, that neither pride, nor modefty, would fuffer me to continue it. When I had once addreffed your Lordíhip in public, I had exhausted all the art of pleafing, which a retired and uncourtly scholar can poffefs. I had done all that I could; and no man is well pleated to have his all neglected, be it ever fo little.

Seven years, my Lord, have now paffed fince I waited in your outward room, or was repulfed from your door; during which time I have been pushing on my work through difficulties, of which it is useless to complain; and have brought it at laft to the verge of publication, without one act of affittance, one word of encouragement, or one fmile of favour. Such treatment I did not expect, for I never had a patron before.

The Shepherd in Virgil grew acquainted with Love, and found him a native of the rocks.

Is not a patron, my Lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man ftruggling for life in the water, and, when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help? The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labours, had it been early, had been kind; but it has been delayed till I am indifferent, and cannot enjoy it; till I am folitary, and cannot impart it; till I am known, and do not want it. I hope it is no very cynical afperity not to confefs obligations where no benefit has been received; or to be unwilling that the publick thould confider me as owing that to a patron, which Providence has enabled me to do for myself.

Having carried on my work thus far with fo little obligation to any favourer of learning, I fhall not be disappointed, though I fhould conclude it, if lefs be poffible, with lefs; for I have been long wakened from that dream of hope, in which I once boasted myfelf with fo much exultation.


Your Lordship's moft humble
and moft obedient fervant,

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Meteorolog. Diaries for June and July, 1791 594 Specimen of a Barometrical Diary in Norfolk 617!

A Traveller's juft Character of Mr. HowARD 595 Mrs. Macaulay-Lunar Tides-Huntingdon 618

Malvern Wells-Coins found near Croydon ibid. Town Garden-Nat. Hiftory-Rats and Mice 619

The Family Manfion of Wynne of Ofathian 596 Mr.Hare's Opinion of swedenborg's Character 620

Dr. PRIESTLEY on the Birmingham Riots ibid. A Medical Topography-Sentro Coventry" 622)

Anfwer to Dr. Priestley's Letter on the Riots 598 A Prophecy of Efuras-The Society of Arts 623

Mr. Ruffel's Account of Birmingham Meeting 599 The early Appearance of Birds enquired after 624

Remarks on the late Riots at Birmingham 600 Primitive Bishops no Striters-"Ha Pauline" 625

Some remarkable Scriptural Phrafes explained 60 Remarks on the prefent Situation of France 626)

Shakspeare's Wainscot Chair and Mulberry-tree 602 On Black Bestles, and how to be deftroyed 627

TheOriginality of Milton's Portraitafcertained 603 Evans Old Ballads-The Hogan of Houghton 628)

Query on the different Effects of Lightning 605 Defcription of Lisbon-Morfan Micellany 629|

Character of Buhop Robert Ferrar vindicated ib. Queries to Menof Letters, and Men of Fashion 631

Concife Account of Widworthy in Devonshire 698 Dr Johnfon and Mrs Knowles-The Quakers 632

Portrait of Bp. Robert Horne of Winchester 611 Sir James Foulis, Bart.-Mifcellaneous Remarks ib.

Defeription of the Jubilee celebrated at Rome ib. Proceedings in prefent Settion of Parhament 633

True Idea of the Theory of Tides ftill wanting is REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS 641-659


Five Sepulchres hewn out of a falid Rock ib. INDEX INDICATORIUS-Queries anfwered 659

The Meafure and Particulars of a famous Oak ib SELECT POETRY, antient and modern 666-664

Some new Particulars of the Welth Indians 613 For. Affairs, Domeft. Occurrences, &c. 665-6-7

Dr. JamesGrainger-Rowe Mores's Dionyfius 614 Marriages, Deaths, Preferment, &c. 6,8-68-

Relief granted to Roman Catholicks explained 6.5 Daily Variations in the Prices of the St cks (38)

Embellished with Two Picturefque Views of MALVERN WELLE; a Portrait of Dr. HoRNE,

Bishop of WINCHESTER; a fine Monument, by BACON, at WIDWORTHY, in

Devonshire; à JUBILEE MEDAL; COINS; and other CURIOSITIES.





Printed for D. HENRY by JOHN NICHOLS, Red Lion Patfage, Fleet-itreet;
where Letters to the Editor are defired to be addre:fed, PosT-PAID.


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