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RUMNEY, wrote to me, at her request; to dissuade me from my intention: he represented to me, and indeed with force, and eloquence, the great imprudence, the madness, of throwing myself, precipitately, on the world; without powerful friends; and without any prospect of a subsistence. But his advice had no effect on me; it's influence was precluded by my fixed, and invariable decision. For to compleat any scheme; to execute any project that had seized my mind, and at any hazard; how unwarrantable soever, by prudence, and common-sense, was the occasion; and how strongly soever I was dissuaded from it;-was unfortunately, a part of my constitution, and of my habits. A person thus impelled, and thus accustomed to act, may, perhaps, have reason to complain of the selfish barbarity of mankind; who give no quarter to those imprudences which divest us of all external power; but he certainly will be absurd, if he does not ascribe his bad fortune to himself.
When my mother found that I had thrown the die, she wrote an affectionate letter to me; warmly inviting me to come, and share her
humble fare; and to trust to the future care of Providence; if I should deserve it by my virtue. The tear fills my eyes, while I have the image of that venerable parent before me ;—and while I recollect this transcript of her heart. In the middle of november, 1757, I bade adieu to the army. for ever.
ERRORS IN VOL. I.
13 for rembone read umbone
25 for "thick o'er with titles" read "stuck o'er with titles"
74 for viri- read viribus
100 for muge read nuga
110 for amazing read amusing
140 for sanguinam read sunguinem
140 for sauicant read sauciant
177 for domesticanum read domesticarum
185 for boons read barns
276 for impressive read impassive
237 for agreeably ludicrously read agreeably and ludicrously 254 instead of for an elegance congenial read of an elegance congenial 210 for loves read love
367 for forget read forgot
ON THE TRULY EMINENT
Two Volumes, Octavo.
Sold by Messrs. LONGMAN, HURST, REES, and ORME, Paternoster-Row; and by W. CLARKE, New Bond-street.
JOHNSON, with admiration oft I see
The Critick and the Bard conjoined in thee;
But prejudices, too, as oft I find,
Corrupt, debase, mislead thy noble mind.
Hence, against thee, I seize the cause of truth;
A cause that I adored, from early youth.
Ed io anche son pittore.