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SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D.
AN ACCOUNT OF HIS STUDIES
A SERIES OF HIS EPISTOLARY CORRESPONDENCE
VARIOUS ORIGINAL PIECES OF HIS COMPOSITION,
THE WHOLE EXHIBITING A VIEW OF LITERATURE AND LITERARY MEN
PRINTED BY HENRY BALDWIN,
FOR CHARLES DILLY, IN THE POULTRY.
M DCC XCI.
SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS.
MY DEAR SIR,
VERY liberal motive that can actuate an Authour dedication of his labours, concurs in directing me to you, as the person to whom the following work fhould be inscribed.
If there be a pleasure in celebrating the diftinguished merit of a contemporary, mixed with a certain degree of vanity not altogether inexcufable, in appearing fully fenfible of it, where can I find one in complimenting whom I can with more general approbation gratify those feelings? Your excellence, not only in the Art over which you have long prefided with unrivalled