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a hurry, to cry NOW, NOW, as the quickest expression, I suppose, for urging another to immediate haste. “ AT PRESENT we cannot come to you ” — is a common phrase — He was here This INSTANT, means, 't is not an instant scarcely since he was here: but it does certainly mean time past ; for one says to a person who, looking round, misses the individual sought for, — “Why, she is here, now, cannot you see her ?”.
“ I thought we were to begin upon the subject now,” says a man impatient of decision. “We will begin this INSTANT,” replies his cooler friend (meaning a future time, though near); “ AT PRESENT it would not be so proper." These things are difficult to foreigners; nor can I guess why both time past, and time to come, should be hourly and commonly exprest by THIS INSTANT, which at first view appears improper enough.
TO NULLIFY, TO ANNULL, TO DISANNULL, TO MAKE NULL AND
These verbs stand in conversation chiefly in the place of the verb to annihilate, or rather between that and the softer phrase of, to render ineffectual. Horatio's arguments, say we, were rendered null and void, at least in my opinion, by what our friend Cleomenes urged against them: but no man better knows than he bow to NULLIFY the discourse of his competitor without annihilating the speaker either in his own eyes, or those of the auditors; as a good legislator will see the way to ANNULL a statute no longer useful or necessary, without taking away by direct annihilation all trace or remembrance of its former utility. The third verb is a favorite among the vulgar here in England, who misapply it comically enough. I asked the late Lord Halifax's gardener for a walk and summer-house I used to see at Horton : “ There was such a walk once,” replies the man, “ but my Lord DISANNULLED it.”
In 1815, Mrs. Piozzi sent a copy of “ British Synonymy” to Sir James Fellowes with the following note and verses, which will appropriately conclude this compilation :
5 Nov., 1815. Accept, dear Sir, this second-hand copy of your poor little friend's favorite work, now completely out of print. That it should bear the name of Samuel Johnson on the title page, is so curious, that I would not erase it.
Ten years at fewest must have elapsed since the author of the “ Rambler” had breathed his last, when this book saw the light : and he to whom I have now the honor of presenting it, was struggling between the perils of fire and water in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean. Awful Retrospect! Yet a lightly volant pen traces the following lines, only to say that
In this Synonymy you 'll find
With characters too late displayed,
Far stronger light and softer shade.
Abdy, Lady and Miss, 359.
Baretti, passages in Dr. Johnson's letters
relating to, 114.
Thrale, 116, 481, 488, 489.
- lines on his portrait, 256.
Barnard, Dr., Provost of Eton, John-
Barrow, his description of Wit, quoted,
Bassi's verses, 266
- translation of, 266.
Bath, riots in, 458.
Bearcroft, Mr., anecdotes of, 137.
Beauclerc, Topham, 238, 276.
Bells, names of, 373.
Bentley, Dr. Richard, his verses on
- his fables, 277.
Blue-Stocking Clubs, origin of the, 14.
Bodryddan, visited by Johnson, 50.
Bodville, Mrs. Thrale's birthplace, 51.
| Boethius, Dr. Johnson and Mrs. Thrale's
translations from, 31, 222.
Mr. Thrale's brewery, 64, 108, 202. and, 102.'
| Bolton, Duke of, Lord Harry Powlett,
Thrales on a tour to France, 53. Bonaparte, intelligence of his meditated
escape from Elba, 231.
- military tactics, 243.
Boothby, Miss Hill, Johnson's admira-
tion for, 16.
Boswell, James, his character as a bi-| Byron, Lord, his estimate of life at thirty-
five quoted, 20.
- his description of Curran and Mad-
tion into Mr. Thrale's family - his “ Cain," 454.
his account of the mode of life at
Capua, poverty of, 378.
Careless, of the “ Blue Posts," and Mrs.
dotes of Dr. Johnson, 90. Carlyle, the bookseller, 453, 454.
Woolston Dixie, anecdote of, 233.
her trial, 466.
Caroline of Naples, story of, 84.
Cathcart, Lady, in “ Castle Rackrent,"
Catherine, Empress of Russia, verses
Catholic question, 417, 429.
- Dr. Johnson's remark on, 104.
Cave, Boyce's verses to, 221.
Chalmers!" Modern Astronomy," 356.
Chamberlayne, Mr., his verses, “The
Chambers, Sir Robert, 211.
- lines on his portrait, 255.
ion of Dr. Johnson as a public Chappelow, Mr., 384, 385.
Charles Edward, the young Pretender,
at Florence, 226.
Charlotte, the Princess, her marriage,
- her death, 401.
Charlotte, Queen, 112.
Chesterfield, Philip Dormer, Earl of, 120.
Churchill, the poet, quoted, 237.
Cicisbeism in Italy, i26.
Club, the Literary, formation of the, 13.
Clubs, the Blue-Stocking, origin of the,
Clwyd, the river, 49.
Cobbett, William, 327, 372, 467.
Coligny, Henrietta de, verses on, 225.
Collier, Dr., 171.
| D'Arblay, Madame, her description of
-- her “ Camilla," 298.
Mrs. Piozzi's account of her, 484.
Davis, Eliza, story of, 387.
Death, Dr. Johnson's letter upon, 111.
Delap, Dr., 65, 103.
Della Crusca verses, 270.
436, 441, 446, 452, 456, 471, 472. Dent, “ Dog,'' and his bill on dogs, 303.
Desmoulins, Mrs., 11.
- epigrams, 275.
Divorces, conversation at Streatham
Dixié, Sir Woolston, and Queen Caro-
Dobson, Dr., 189.
Dress, female, 408.
- Dr. Johnson's observations on fe-
Dunning, Lord Ashburton, his personal
Macaulay's remarks on his edi Duppa, R., Esq., edits Johnson's “Jour-
“ Duty and Pleasure," 250.
gram on Mary Croker, 28. Edward, Prince, brother of George III.,
Piozzi on her marriage, 73, Elton, Mr.. 453.
Esher in Surrey, 295.
Exmouth, liberation of slaves, 399.
Exmouth, Lord, Christian slaves liber-
ated by, in Rome, 314.
Faber's prophecy for 1866, 404.
“ Fable for April, 1815, a," 319.
“ Fancy, Imagination," 181.
Farinelli, the singer, 416.
Ferrier, Miss, the novelist, 426.
Johnson's " Let-Field Balue of money, novelist, 178.