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paragraph, no matter whether on the 3/’ of may 1776, or on any day in the year 1787. Assign you in your turn, and in your own way, any cause different from that which I have assigned for your paragraph, and give us the true reason why mr. Thrale and doctor Johnson took no kind of noti ce of my cruelty to you, be the cause of it what you shall please to have been. Substantiate your accusation, mistress Hester Lynch, and take pains to substantiate it well, or give me leave to say once more, and a thousand times more, that you are a wicked calumniator; and to continue firm in my persuasion, that, as far as I have surveyed the circle of life, I could not easily have met with a worse misfortune than that of your acquaintance.