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In every narrative, whether historical or biographical, authenticity is of the utmost consequence'. Of this I have ever been so firmly persuaded, that I inscribed a former work? to that person who was the best judge of its truth. I need not tell you I mean General Paoli ; who, after his great, though unsuccessful, efforts to preserve the liberties of his country, has found an honourable asylum in Britain, where he has now lived many years the object of Royal regard and private respect 3; and whom I cannot name without expressing my very grateful sense of the uniform kindness which he has been pleased to shew me *.

The friends of Doctor Johnson can best judge, from internal evidence, whether the numerous conversations which form the most valuable part of the ensuing pages are correctly related. To them, therefore, I wish to appeal, for the accuracy of the portrait here exhibited to the world,

As one of those who were intimately acquainted with him, you have a title to this address. You have obligingly taken the trouble to peruse the original manuscript of this Tour, and can vouch for the strict fidelity of the present publications.

* See ante, ii. 434, note 1, and iii. him. He has just made a tour to 209.

Bath, Oxford, &c., and was every* His Account of Corsica, published where received with much distincin 1768.

tion. See ante, ii. 71. 3 Horace Walpole wrote on Nov.6, * Boswell, when in London, was 1769 (Letters, v. 200) :

-I found ‘his constant guest.' Ante, iii. 35. Paoli last week at Court. The King 5 Boswell's son James says that and Queen both took great notice of 'in 1785 Mr. Malone was shewn at VOL. V.



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