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King of Prussia by the nose at the head of his army. He can. not fear the rack who is determined to kill himself.” Boswell reports no more of the discussion, though Goldsmith might have continued it with advantage: for the very timid disposition, which through fear of something, was impelling the man to commit suicide, might restrain him from an act, involving the punishment of the rack, more terrible to him than death itself.
It is to be regretted in all these reports by Boswell, we have scarcely any thing but the remarks of Johnson; it is only by accident that he now and then gives us the observations of others, when they are necessary to explain or set off those of his hero. “When in that presence,” says Miss Burney, "he was unobservant, if not contemptuous of every one else. In truth, when he met with Dr. Johnson, he commonly forbore even answering any thing that was said, or attending to any thing that went forward lest he should miss the smallest sound from that voice, to which he paid such exclusive, though merited, homage. But the moment that voice burst forth, the attention which it excited on Mr. Boswell, amounted almost to pain. His eyes goggled with eagerness; he leant his ear almost on the shoulder of the doctor; and his mouth dropped open to catch every syllable that might be uttered; nay, he seemed not only to dread losing a word, but to be anxious not to miss a breathing; as if hoping from it latently, or mystically, some information.”
On one occasion the doctor detected Boswell, or Bozzy, as he called him, eavesdropping behind his chair, as he was conversing with Miss Burney at Mr. Thrale’s table. 6 What are you doing there, sir ?" cried he, turning round angrily, and clapping his hand upon
his knee. “Go to the table, sir.” Boswell obeyed with an air of affright and submission, which
THE LAIRD OF AFFLECK.
raised a smile on every face. Scarce had he taken his seat, however, at a distance, than impatient to get again at the side of Johnson, he rose and was running off in quest of something to show him, when the doctor roared after him authoritatively, “What are you thinking of, sir? Why do you get up before the cloth is removed? Come back to your place, sir ;"_and the obsequious spaniel did as he was commanded.—“Running about in the middle of meals !” muttered the doctor, pursing his mouth at the same time to restrain his rising risibility.
Boswell got another rebuff from Johnson, which would have demolished
other man. He had been teasing him with many direct questions, such as What did you do, sir ?—What did you say, sir ? until the great philologist became perfectly enraged. “I will not be put to the question !" roared he. “Don't you consider, sir, that these are not the manners of a gentleman ? I will not be baited with what and why; What is this? What is that? Why is a cow's tail long? Why is a fox's tail bushy ?" “Why, sir," replied pil-garlick, “you are so good that I venture to trouble you." "Sir," replied Johnson, “my being so good is no reason why you should be so ill.” “ You have but two topics, sir;" exclaimed he on another occasion, “yourself and me, and I am sick of both.”
Boswell's inveterate disposition to toad, was a sore cause of mortification to his father, the old laird of Auchinleck, (or Affleck.) He had been annoyed by his extravagant devotion to Paoli, but then he was something of a military hero; but this tagging at the heels of Dr. Johnson, whom he considered a kind of pedagogue, set his Scotch blood in a ferment. “There's nae hope for Jamie, mon," said he to a friend ; “ Jamie is
gaen What do you think, mon? He's done wi' Paoli; he's off wi' the
clean gyte. land-louping scoundrel of a Corsican ; and whose tail do you think he has pinn'd himself to now, mon? A dominie, mon; an auld dominie: he keeped a schủle, and cau'd it an acaadamy."
CHANGES IN THE LITERARY CLUB.
Changes in the Literary Club.—Johnson's objection to Garrick.--Election of
The Literary Club (as we have termed the club in Gerard-street, though it took that name some time later) had now been in existence several years. Johnson was exceedingly chary at first of its exclusiveness, and opposed to its being augmented in number. Not long after its institution, Sir Joshua Reynolds was speaking of it to Garrick. “I like it much," said little David, briskly; 6 I think I shall be of you."
66 When Sir Joshua mentioned this to Dr. Johnson,” says Boswell, “ he was much displeased with the actor's conceit. 'He'll be of us ?' growled he. · How does he know we will permit him? The first duke in England has no right to hold such language.”
When Sir John Hawkins spoke favorably of Garrick's pretensions, “Sir," replied Johnson, “ he will disturb us by his buffoonery.” In the same spirit he declared to Mr. Thrale, that if Garrick should apply for admission, he would black-ball him. “Who, sir ?" exclaimed Thrale, with surprise; “Mr. Garrickyour friend, your companion-black-ball him!” “Why, sir," replied Johnson, "I love my little David dearly-better than all or any of his flatterers do; but surely one ought to sit in a society
«« Unelbowed by a gamester, pimp, or player.'”
The exclusion from the club was a sore mortification to Gar rick, though he bore it without complaining. He could not help continually to ask questions about it—what was going on therewhether he was ever the subject of conversation. By degrees the rigor of the club relaxed: some of the members grew negligent. Beauclerc lost his right of membership by neglecting to attend. On his marriage, however, with Lady Diana Spencer, daughter of the Duke of Marlborough, and recently divorced from Viscount Bolingbroke, he had claimed and regained his seat in the club. The number of members had likewise been augmented. The proposition to increase it originated with Goldsmith. “It would give," he thought, “ an agreeable variety to their meetings; for there can be nothing new amongst us,” said he; “ we have travelled over each other's minds." Johnson was piqued at the suggestion. “Sir,” said he, “you have not travelled over my mind, I promise you.” Sir Joshua, less confident in the exhaustless fecundity of his mind, felt and acknowledged the force of Goldsmith's suggestion. Several new members, therefore, had been added; the first to his great joy, was David Garrick. Goldsmith, who was now on cordial terms with him, had zealously promoted his election, and Johnson had given it his warm approbation. Another new member was Beauclerc's friend, Lord Charlemont; and a still more important one was Mr., afterwards Sir William Jones, the famous Orientalist, at that time a young lawyer of the Temple and a distinguished scholar.
To the great astonishment of the club, Johnson now proposed his devoted follower, Boswell, as a member. He did it in a note addressed to Goldsmith, who presided on the evening of the 23d of April. The nomination was seconded by Beauclerc. According to the rules of the club, the ballot would take place at the