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tumblers. Everything about him-his coat, his wig, his figure, his face, his scrofula, his St. Vitus?s dance, his rolling walk, his blinking eyes, his insatiable appetite for fish sauce and veal pie with plums, his mysterious practice of treasuring up scraps of orange-peel, his morning slumbers, his saw a man led by a bear!? So romantic and fervid was his admiration of Johnson, that he tells us he added A500 to the fortune of one of his daughters, Veronica, because when a baby she was not frightened by the hideous visage of the lexicographer. LORD SEMPLE?S HOUSE, CASTLE HILL. midnight disputations, his contortions, his mutterings, his gruntings, his puffings, his vigorous, acute, and ready eloquence, his sarcastic Wit, his vehemence and his insolence, his fits of tempestuous rage,? &e, all served to make it a source of wonder to Mrs. Boswell that her husband could abide, much less worship, such a man. Thus, she once said to him, with extreme warmth, ?I have seen many a bear led by a man, bur I never before ? Among those invited to meet him at James?s Court was Margaret Duchess of Douglas, a lady noted among those of her own rank for her illiteracy, and whom Johnson describes as ?talking broad Scotch with a paralytic voice, as scarcely understood by her own countrymen ; ? yet it was remarked that in that which we would term now a spirit of ?? snobbery,? Johnson reserved his attentions during the whole evening exclusively for the
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