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ceived a message, by an elderly looking gentlewoman, who told him, there was a certain lady of rank and fortune who had a great partiality for him, and wanted to know whether he was married or not. Garrick replied in the negative; she seemed much pleased, and said he should soon hear from her again. Many months passed over without his hearing any farther about itat last he met the woman accidentally in the street, whom he interrogated about the delay of her commission-at first she seemed to shuffle off the question, but, he insisting upon knowing, she confessed to him, that the lady having first seen him in Ranger, she was charmed with his air and address-but soon after having appeared in Sharp, in the Lying Valet, she thought she saw so many mean, shifting qualities about him, that she could by no means put either her person or fortune into his possession.".

The other instance is equally strong. A grocer in the town of Litchfield, a neighbour of Peter Garrick's, having occasion to come up to London-Peter gave him a letter, recomme mending him to his brother David. The man came to town late in the evening, and seeing Garrick's name up in the bills for Abel Drugger, he went to the two-shilling gallery, and then waited in anxious expectation of seeing, in the person of his countryman, the greatest actor on the stage. On Garrick's appearance, he was for some time in doubt whether it could be him or not; at last, being convinced of it by the people around him, he felt himself so disgusted with the mean appearance and mercenary conduct of the character, which by a foolish combination he attached to the player, that he went out of town without delivering his letter.

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On his arrival in Litchfield, Peter Garrick asked him, "How he was received by his brother, and how he liked him." "To tell you the truth," says the man, "I never delivered your letter." "Not delivered my letter!" says Peter, how came that about?" "Why the fact is, I saw enough of him on the stage to make that be rich, as I dare say any man C 2 who




who lives like him must be but by~~(and here, said the Doctor, the man vociferated an oath) though he is your brother, Mr. Garrick, he is one of the meanest and most pitiful fellows I ever saw in my life."

It was amongst the memorabilia of Garrick's petty habits, "That he kept a book of all who had either praised or abused him."

Meditations on a Pudding, by Dr. JOHNSON, in playful fancy, ridiculing Hervey's Meditations.

"Let us seriously reflect of what a pudding is composed. It is composed of flour that once waved in the golden grain, and drank the dews of the morning-of milk pressed from the swelling udder by the gentle hand of the beauteous milk-maid, whose beauty and innocence might have reco commended a worse draught: who while she stroaked the udder, indulged no ambitious thoughts of wandering in palaces, and formed no plans for the destruction of our fellow-creatures-Milk which is drawn from the cow, that useful animal that eats the grass of the field, and supplies us with that which made the greatest part of the food of mankind, in the age which the poets have agreed to call Golden.

"It is made with an egg, that miracle of nature, which the theoretical Burnet has compared to creation; an egg contains water within its beautiful, smooth surface, and an unformed mass, which, by the incubation of the parent, becomes a regular animal furnished with bones and sinews, and covered with feathers.

"Let us consider-can there be more wanting to complete this meditation on a pudding--if more is wanting, more may be found. It contains salt, which keeps the sea from putrefaction; salt, which is made the image of intellectual essence, contributes to the formation of a pudding."


A lawyer has no business with the justice or injustice of the cause he undertakes, unless his client asks his opinion, and then he is bound to give it honestly. The justice or injustice of the cause is to be decided by the judge.

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"A country is in a bad state which is governed only by laws, because' a thousand things occur for which laws cannot provide, and where authority ought to interpose."

LIFE (Its Duties).

Speaking of the difficulty of living in the world with an abstracted mind," Sir, Dr. Cheyne has lain down a rule to himself on this subject, which should be imprinted on every mind:

"To neglect nothing to secure my eternal peace, more than if I had been certified I should die within the day; nor to mind any thing that my secular obligations and duties demanded of me, less than if I had been ensured to live fifty years."


Dr. Johnson observing upon some occasion, that laziness was worse than the tooth-ach; Mr. Boswell replied, "I cannot agree with you there: for a bason of cold water, or a horse-whip, will cure laziness." "No, Sir, it will only put off the fit, it will not cure the disease; I have been trying to cure laziness all my life, and could not do it."


The supposition of one man having more imagination-another more judgment, is not true-it is only one man has more mind than another. "Sir, the man who has vigour may walk to the East, as well as the West, if he happens to turn his head that way.”


Some cunning men choose fools for their wives, thinking to manage them, but they always fail; depend upon it, no woman is the worse for sense and knowledge,


A person in company saying, that he had heard Lord Mansfield was not a great English lawyer: "Sir, you may as well maintain, that a carrier who has driven a packhorse between Edinburgh and Berwick for thirty years, does not know the road, as that Lord Mansfield does not know the laws of England."




The Duchess had no superior parts, but was a bold frontless woman, who knew how to make the most of her opportunities in life.


Politeness is of great consequence to society-it is fictitious benevolence-it supplies the place of it amongst those who see each other often, or but little. Depend upon it, the want of it never fails to produce something disagreeable to one or other. I have always applied to-good-breeding what Addison in his Cato says of honour:

"Honour's a facred tie, the law of Kings,
"The noble mind's diftinguishing perfection,
"That aids and ftrengthens Virtue where it meets her,
And imitates her actions where he is not."

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On the subject of making women do penance in the church for fornication, he observed, "It is right, Sir, infamy is attached to the crime by universal opinion as soon as it is known. I would not be the man who would discover it, if I alone knew it--for a woman may reform. Nor would I commend a person who divulges a woman's first offence; but being once divulged it ought to be infamous. Consider of what importance to society the chastity of women is; upon that all the property in the world depends. We hang a thief for stealing a sheep, but the unchastity of a woman takes sheep and farm and all from the right owner.

"I have much more reverence for a common prostitute, than for a woman who conceals her guilt: the prostitute is known, she cannot deceive, she cannot bring herself into the arins of an honest man without his knowledge."

PULTNEY (of Bath.)

"Pultney was as paltry a fellow as could be; he was a Whig who pretended to be honest, and you know it is ridiculous for a Whig to pretend to be honest-he cannot hold it out."

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Q. You have heard Quin read Milton, Doctor? A. Sir, I have heard Quin attempt to read Milton. Q. What! then, you do not like him?

A. Why no, Sir, he read it too much like a player; by imitating the several characters of the poem; whereas his business was that of a narrator, not an imitator.


Speaking of this great artist, he gave the following eulogium on him as a man:


Reynolds, Sir, is the most invulnerable man I know; the man with whom, if you should quarrel, you would find the most difficulty how to abuse.'



"There is no situation a man can possibly be in that he has a right to put himself to death." Suppose, says Mr. Boswell, that a man is absolutely sure, that if he lives a few days longer, he shall be detected in a fraud, the consequence of which will be utter disgrace and expulsion from society. What is he to do then? Then, Sir," says Johnson, "let him go to some place where he is not known-but don't let him go to the devil where he is known."



Mr. Boswell expressing his wonder, "That a man who had been pressed on board a man of war, did not choose to continue longer than nine months."


I should rather wonder he staid so long, if he could' help it-no man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get into a jail, for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned."


Sir Robert Walpole, on the whole, was a fine fellow --and even his enemies thought him so before his death. Lord Bath told me, "he was very sure Sir Robert was of that social pleasant temper, that he never felt any thing said against him for half an hour in his life. He then repeated Pope's character of him:

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