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SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.
· BY JAMES BOSWELL, Esq.
and never before published;
of Men and Books:
WITH AN AUTHENTICK ACCOUNT OF
JAMES II. in the Year 1746.
N 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 liber. ties 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; and whom I cannot name without expressing my very grateful sense of the uniform kindness which he has been pleased to Thew 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 publication. Your literary alliance with our much lamented friend, in.consequence of having undertaken to render one of his labours more complete, by your edition of Shakspeare, a work which I am confident will not disappoint the expectations of the publick, gives you another claim. But I have a still more powerful in