Samuel Johnson

R. W. Chapman (ed.), The Letters of Samuel Johnson, with Mrs. Thrale's genuine letters to him, Vol. 1: 1719-1774; Letters 1-369

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Critical Apparatus73. Tu. 24 June '55. Thomas Warton (Oxford).Address: To the Revd Mr Warton at Trinity College Oxford. Postmark: 26 IV.Trinity.—Boswell 1791, i. 161 (Hill i. 290).

Dear Sir

To talk of coming to you and not yet to come has an air of trifling, which I would not willingly have among you, and which, I believe, you will not impute to me when I have pg 74told you that since my promise, two of our partners1 are dead, and that I was solicited to suspend my excursion, till we could recover from our confusion.

I have not laid aside my purpose, for every day makes me more impatient of staying from you, but death, you know, hears not supplications, nor pays any regard to the convenience of mortals. I hope now to see you next week, but next week is but another name for tomorrow which has been noted for promising and deceiving.

  • I am Sir your most humble servant
  • Sam: Johnson

June 24. 1755

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Critical Apparatus
73. will not willingly 1791: will not orig.
Editor’s Note
73.—1. Knapton and Longman, both of whom had shares in the Dictionary.
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