Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Anxiety

He (Dr Brocklesby) mentioned a respectable gentleman who became extremely penurious near the close of his life. Johnson said, “There must have been a degree of madness about him.” “Not at all, Sir, (said Dr. B) his judgement was entire. Unluckily, however, he mentioned that although he had a fortune of £27,000, he denied himself many comforts from an apprehension he could not afford them.”
James Boswell: The Life of Samuel Johnson