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that his father received him kindly, but not fondly: however, you seem to have lived well enough at Auchinleck, while you staid. Make your father as happy as yu can.
"You lately told me of your health: lean t«Ml y.m i. return, that my health has been, for more than a year jjast, better than it has been for many years before. Perhaps it may please God to give us some time together before we are parted. I am, dear sir,
"Yours most affectionately,
"Oct. 17, mo. Sam. Johnson."
TO THE REVEREND DR. VYSE, AT LAMBETH.
"Sir,—I hope you will forgive the liberty I take, in soliciting your interposition with his grace the archbishop: my first petition was successful, and I therefore venture on a second.
"The matron of the Chartreux is about to resign her place, and Mrs. Desmoulins, a daughter of the late Dr. Swinfen"1, who was well known to your father, is desirous of succeeding her. She has been accustomed, by keeping a boarding-school, to the care of children, and I think is very likely to discharge her duty. She is in great distress, and therefore may properly receive the benefit of a charitable foundation. If you wish to see her, she will be willing to give an account of herself.
"If you shall be pleased, sir, to mention her favourably to his grace, you will do a great act of kindness to, sir, "Your most obliged,
"And most humble servant,
■' Dec. 30, 1780- SAM. JOHNSON."
"See vol. i. p. 45.
THE END OF VOL. HI.