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CONTENT S.

CHAPTER I.

1754.

Johnson writes the “Life of Cave." - The Dictionary.

Lord Chesterfield. — His alleged Neglect of Johnson. — His Papers in “ The World,” in Recommendation of the Dictionary. — Letter to the Earl. — Bolingbroke's Works edited by Mallet. - Johnson visits Oxford for the Purpose of consulting the Libraries. His Conversations with Mr. Warton, Mr. Wise, and others. - Sir Robert Cham. bers. — Letters to Warton. — Collins.

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CHAPTER II.

1755—1758.

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Johnson receives the Degree of M. A. by Diploma. Cor

respondence with Warton and the Authorities of the University of Oxford. - Publication of the Dictionary of the English Language. Remarkable Definitions. Abridgment of the Dictionary. - The Universal Visiter.

- The Literary Magazine. - Defence of Tea. — Pulpit Discourses. — Proposals for an Edition of Shakspeare. Jonas Hanway. — Soame Jenyns. - Charles Burney. 27

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SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.

CHAPTER I.

1754.

80n.

Johnson writes the Life of Cave.”. The Dictionary. Lord Chesterfield. His alleged Neglect of John

- His Papers in The World,in Recommendation of the Dictionary. - Letter to the Earl, -Bolingbroke's Works edited by Mallet. Johnson visits Oxford for the Purpose of consulting the Libraries. - His Conversations with Mr. Warton, Mr. Wise, and others. Sir Robert Chambers, Letters to Warton. Collins.

In 1754 I can trace nothing published by him, except his numbers of the Adventurer, and “ The Life of Edward Cave,” in the Gentleman's Magazine for February. In biography there can be no question that he excelled, beyond all who have attempted that species of composition; upon which, indeed, he set the highest value. To the minute

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