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rials which had been collected by several of his friends. He then spoke of the volume of Essays, to which it was designed to prefix the account, but expressed some doubts respecting the propriety and delicacy of his application to Dr. Johnson to write a life and criticism to be placed before the Effays of an author, who had, he observed, in those says, controverted the Doctor's opinion in several instances; and he went so far as to say, that had he before perused his friend's work, he believed he should not have ventured to solicit the Doctor on the occasion : he added, that he thought it might be as well to relinquish the design of publishing the book, as the writer was not living to defend his own criticisms. Upon this the Doctor desired that some of the passages alluded to might be pointed out to him, which desire Mr. Barclay immediately complied with, and read a few 'pages, chusing those parts wherein Mr. Scott had dif

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fented sented from Dr. Johnson. When Mr. Barclay had done reading, the Doctor delivered himself nearly to this effect : “ That he differed from Mr. Barclay “ respecting the publication, as from “ what he had then heard, he believe “ ed the book would do credit to " their late friend, and as to Mr. Scott's

difsenting from him, he observed, that “ authors would differ in opinion, and “ that good performances could not be too much criticised.”

Mr. Barclay read to him some of the materials that had been collected, which the Doctor said would do, so far as they went, but wished that more could be procured, expressing an anxiety to begin the work. Mr. Barclay then took his leave, pleased with the reception from the Doctor, and filled with admiration at the candour and liberality of his sentiments, expressed with the utmost benevolence and friendship, while labouring under the pressure of pain and disease.

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When Mr. Barclay left the Doctor, it was agreed that he Thould call' on him again; but when he returned to London, he learned from his faithful black fervant, Francis Barber, that the Doctor's disorder was too much increased for him to admit company.

From that time he saw him no more; but the Doctor, a few days before his decease, fent, by a gentleman who paid him a visit, a message to Mr. Barclay, to inform him 's that he had not forgot his engage

and that, if it should please " God to restore him, he would cer“ tainly perform it, for he loved Mr. !! Scott.”

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The death of this great and good man, which happened in the evening of the 13th of December, having frustrated the kind intentions of Mr. Barclay, and put an end to his flattering expectations of procuring so honourable a testimony to the merits of our deceased friend; he

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was pleased to express some desire that I would take upon myself the task, which from my great friendship for, and knowledge of the deceased, I have been induced to attempt; though I hope the reader will believe, that it is with becoming diffidence I now step forth, to, supply the place of such a biographer.

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HN SCOTT was born on the

9th of January 1730, of Samuel and Martha Scott, in the Grange-Walk, in the Parish of St. Mary Bermondsey, Southwark, being the youngest of two sons, their only children that lived to be brought up, the rest dying very soon: his elder brother was named Samuel, and his mother's maiden name was Wilkins. He was descended from two ancient and respectable families of the counties of York and Warwick. His father was a draper and citizen of London, a inan of plain and irreproachable manners, and one of

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the society of the people called Quakers, among whom he was esteemed an emiz nent preacher.

Samuel Scott, the elder brother, lived for some time with an aunt in the neighbourhood, where he received the firit rudiments of his education. John, at about seven years of age, was put under the tuition of one John Clarke, who kept a little school in BarnabyStreet: he is said to have been well skilled in the languages, and used to come home to the house of Mr. Scott, to instruct his son in the rudiments of the Latin tongue. John Scott himself gives the following account of his tutor.

My Caledonian tutor's name was John “ Clarke ; he was, I believe, a native of “ the Shetland - Islands; he was ingeni

ous and learned, but rather a fevere

pedagogue; yet, spite of the domi“ nation which he exercised over his pupils, I respected him, and there was

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