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BOOK VI. PART I.
BOOK THE SIXTH.
DR. JOHNSON TO MR. ELPHINSTON*.
DEAR SIR, Sept. 25, 1750. You have as I find, by every kind of evidence, lost an excellent mother, and I hope you will not think me incapable of partaking of your grief. I have a mother now eighty-two years of age, whom therefore I must soon lose, unless it please God that she rather should mourn for me. I read the letters in which you relate your mother's death to Mr.
Translator of Martial, Bossuet, &c. and formerly master of an academy at Kensington.