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THE WHOLE EXHIBITING
A VIEW OF LITERATURE AND
LITERARY MEN IN GREAT-BRITAIN, FOR NEAR HALF A
SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL. D.
IN 1772 Dr. Johnson was altogether quiescent as an authour; but it will be found, from the various evidences which I shall bring together, that his mind was acute, lively and vigorous.
(6 TO SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS.
66 DEAR SIR,
"BE pleased to send to Mr. Banks, whose place of residence I do not know, this note, which I have sent open, that, if you please, you may read it. "When you send it, do not use your own seal. "I am, Sir,
"Your most humble servant,
"Feb. 27, 1772.
66 TO JOSEPH BANKS, ESQ.
"Perpetua ambitâ bis terrâ præmia lactis
"I RETURN thanks to you and to Dr. Solander for the pleasure which I received in yesterday's conversation. I could not recollect a motto for your Goat, but
+ Thus translated by a friend :
"In fame scarce second to the nurse of Jove,
"This Goat, who twice the world had traversed round, "Deserving both her master's cafe and love,
❝ Ease and perpetual pasture now has found.”