1831 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Hoole, in Boswell, Life of Johnson, ed. Croker (1831) 5:319n.



My mother was with us when I read prayers to Dr. Johnson, on Wednesday, December 8th [1784]; but not for the last time, as is stated by Mr. Nichols, for I attended him again on Friday, the 10th. I must here mention an incident which shows how ready Johnson was to make amends for any little incivility. When I called upon him, the morning after he had pressed me rather roughly to read louder, he said, "I was peevish yesterday; you must forgive me: when you are as old and sick as I am, perhaps you may be peevish too." I have heard him make many apologies of this kind.