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Page 302 - Mr. Murphy brought him back to us again very kindly, and from that time his visits grew more frequent, till in the year 1766 his health, which he had always complained of, grew so exceedingly bad, that he could not stir out of his room in the court he inhabited for many weeks together, I think months.
Page 300 - ... desiring some immediate relief; which when he brought back to the writer, he called the woman of the house directly to partake of punch, and pass their time in merriment.* It was not till ten years after, I dare say, that something in Dr.
Page 302 - Johnson having listened some time to, "I would advise you, sir (said he, with a cold sneer), never to relate this story again ; you really can scarce imagine how very poor a figure you make in the telling of it.
Page 172 - ... hearing one day, and he did not deny it, that when Murphy joked him the week before for having been so diligent of late between Dodd's sermon and Kelly's prologue, that Dr. Johnson replied, "Why, Sir, when they come to me with a dead stay-maker and a dying parson, what can a man do?
Page 19 - Dubourg, who was, many years ago, a distinguished performer on that instrument, happened to be at the family seat ; but the child would not permit him to take the violin from his father, till his little hands were held ; after having heard Dubourg, however, the case was altered, and there was then much more difficulty to persuade him to let Dubourg give the instrument back to his father.
Page 300 - Johnson's own notions about eating however were nothing less than delicate : a leg of pork boiled till it dropped from the bone, a veal pie with plums and sugar, or the outside cut of a salt buttock of beef, were his favourite dainties : with regard to drink, his liking was for the strongest, as it was not the flavour, but the effect he sought for, and professed to desire ; and when I first knew him, he used to pour capillaire into his Port wine.
Page 297 - Dr. Lawrence told him one day, that if he would come and beat him once a week he would bear it; but to hear his complaints was more than man could support. 'Twas therefore that he tried, I suppose, and in eighteen years contrived to weary the patience of a woman.
Page 9 - By nine o'clock, several of the battlements were broken, when all the leading parties of the four divisions advanced at the same time with scaling ladders ; but, after much endeavour for an hour, not a man had been able to get over the parapet; and...