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600. Hawkesworth’s “ Ode on Life.” Sometime previous to Hawkesworth’s publication of his beautiful “ Ode on Life,” he carried it down with him to a friend's house in the country to retouch. Johnson was of this party; and, as Hawkesworth and the Doctor lived upon the most intimate terms, the former read it to him for his opinion. Why, Sir,” says Johnson, “I can't well determine on a first hearing ; read it again, second thoughts are best.” Hawkesworth did so; after which Johnson read it himself, and approved of it very highly. Next morning at breakfast, the subject of the poem being renewed, Johnson, after again expressing his approbation of it, said he had but one objection to make to it, which was, that he doubted its originality. Hawkesworth, alarmed at this, challenged him to the proof, when the Doctor repeated the whole of the poem, with only the omission of a few lines. “ What do you say to that, Hawkey?” said the Doctor.
Only this,” replied the other, - that I shall never repeat any thing I write before you again; for you have a memory that would convict any author of plagiarism in any court of literature in the world.” I have now the poem before me, and I find it contains no less than sixty-eight lines.
601. Projected Dictionary of Commerce. Soon after the publication of the English Dictionary, Johnson made a proposal to a number of booksellers, convened for that purpose, of writing a Dictionary of Trade and Commerce. This proposal went round the room without any answer, when a well-known son of the trade, remarkable for the abruptness of his manners, replied, “Why, Doctor, what the devil do you know of trade and commerce ?” The Doctor very modestly answered," Why, Sir, not much, I must confess, in the practical line ; but I believe I could glean, from different authors of authority on the subject, such materials as would answer the purpose very well.”
602. Cave. - St. John's Gate. From his close intimacy with Cave, the proprietor of the Gentleman's Magazine, Johnson was much at St. John's Gate, Clerkenwell, where the bookseller resided, and taught Garrick the way thither. Cave having been told by Johnson, that his friend had talents for the theatre, and was come to London with a view to the profession of an actor, expressed a wish to see him in some comic character. Garrick readily complied, and with a little preparation of the room over the great arch of St. John's Gate, and with the assistance of a few journeymen printers, who were called together for the purpose
of reading the other parts, represented, with all the graces of comic humour, the principal character in Fielding's farce of the Mock Doctor.
603. Emigration from Scotland. The emigration of the Scotch to London being a conversation between the Doctor and Foote, the latter said he believed the number of Scotch in London were as great in the former as the present reign. “ No, Sir !” said the Doctor, “ you are certainly wrong in your belief: but I see how you 're deceived ; you can't distinguish them now as formerly, for the fellows all come here breeched of late years."
604. Mr. Thrale. “Pray, Doctor,” said a gentleman to him, “is Mr. Thrale a man of conversation, or is he only wise and silent?" "
Why, Sir, his conversation does not show the minute hand; but he strikes the hour very correctly.”
605. Scotch Gooseberries. On Johnson's return from Scotland, a particular friend of his was saying, that now he had had a view of the country, he was in hopes it would cure him of many prejudices against that nation, particularly in respect to the fruits. Why, yes, Sir," said the Doctor ; “ I have found
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