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200 SAMUEL JOHNSON

��*To the Lord Chancellor^ who had offered an advance of five hundred -pounds

MY LORD,

After a long and not inattentive ob- servation of mankind, the generosity of your Lordship's offer raises in me not less wonder than gratitude. Bounty, so liberally bestowed, I should gladly receive if my condition made it necessary; for to such a mind who would not be proud to own his obligations ? But it has pleased God to restore me to so great a measure of health, that, if I should now appro- priate so much of a fortune destined to do good, I could not escape from myself the charge of advancing a false claim. My journey to the continent, though I once thought it necessary, was never much encouraged by my physicians: and I was very desirous that your Lordship should be told it by Sir Joshua Reynolds as an event very uncertain ; for if I grew much better, I should not be willing, if much worse, I should not be able, to migrate. Your Lord- ship was first solicited without my knowledge; but when I was told that you were pleased to honour me with your patronage, I did not expect to hear of a refusal ; yet, as I have had no long time to brood hopes, and have not

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