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THE

WORKS

OF

SAMUEL J O HNSON, L. L. D.

A NEW E DIT IO N.
1N TWELVE VOLUMES,
WITH
AN ESSAY ON HIS LIFE AND GENIUS,

BY ARTHUR MURPHY, ESQ.

PUBLISHED BY HAST INGS, ETHERIDGE AND BLISS.
STATE STREET.

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To THE RIGHT HoNour ABLE PHILIP DoRMER, EARL OF CHESTERFIELD,
ONE OF HIS MAJESTY's PRINCIPAL SECRE-
TARIES or STATE.

MY LORD,

WHEN first I undertook to write an English Dictionary, I had no expectation of any higher patronage than that of the proprietors of the copy, nor prospect of any other advantage than the price of my labour. I knew that the work in which I engaged is generally considered as drudgery for the blind, as the proper toil of artless industry; a task that requires neither the light of learning, nor the activity of genius, but may be successfully performed without any higher quality than that of bearing burthens with dull patience, and beating the track of the alphabet with sluggish resolution. Whether this opinion, so long transmitted, and so widely propagated, had its beginning from truth and nature, or from accident and prejudice; whether it be decreed by the authority of reason, or the tyranny of ignotance, that of all the candidates for literary praise, the WOL. II. I

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