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THE

LIBRARY OF ANECDOTE

AND

TABLE-TALK.

• I love Anecdotes. I fancy mankind may come, in time, to write all aphoristically, except in narrative; grow weary of preparation, and connexion, and illustration, and all those arts by which a big book is made. If a man. is to wait till he weaves anecdotes into a system, we may be long in getting them, and get but few, in comparison of what we might get.'

DR. JOHNSON. (Boswell's Tour.)

LONDON: PRINTED BY WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS,

Stamford Street.

OF

HUMAN CHARACTER.

BY

CHARLES BUCKE, Esq.

• It was a very remarkable circumstance about Johnson, whom shallow ob-
servers have supposed to have been ignorant of the world, that very few men
had seen greater variety of characters; and none could observe them better,
as was evident from the strong, yet nice portraits, which he often drew. I
have frequently thought that if he had made out what the French call une ca-
talogue raisonnée of all the people who had passed under his observation, it
would have afforded a very rich fund of instruction and entertainment.'-
Boswell.

VOL. II.

LONDON:
CHARLES KNIGHT & Co., LUDGATE STREET.

MDCCCXXXVII.

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