196 SAMUEL JOHNSON
As your father's liberality has indulged you with so long a ramble, I doubt not but you will think his sickness, or even his desire to see you, a sufficient reason for hastening your return. The longer we live, and the more we think, the higher value we learn to put on the friendship and tenderness of parents and of friends. Parents we can have but once ; and he promises himself too much, who enters life with the expectation of finding many friends. Upon some motive, I hope that you will be here soon ; and am willing to think that it will be an inducement to your return, that it is sincerely desired by, dear Sir,
Your affectionate humble servant,
"January i^tb, 1766.
'To the Reverend Dr. Dodd (on the eve of his execution for forgery}
That which is appointed to all men is now coming upon you. Outward circum- stances, the eyes and the thoughts of men, are below the notice of an immortal being about to stand the trial for eternity, before the Supreme Judge of heaven and earth. Be comforted : your crime, morally or religiously