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" As he carried it on, he showed what he wrote to both of us, and we now and then gave a correction, or a word or two of advice ; but it was wholly of his own writing. When it was done, neither of us thought it would succeed. We showed it to Congreve ;... "
The Literary chronicle and weekly review - Page 18
1820
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The lives of the most eminent English poets; with critical ..., Volume 3

Samuel Johnson - 1781
...us thought it would fucceed. — We fhewed ** it to Congreve; who, after reading it over, ** faid, It would either take greatly, or be " damned confoundedly.-— We were all, at ** the firft night of it, in great uncertainty ** of the event; till we were very much en" couraged by overhearing...
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PREFACES BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL TO THE WORKS OF THE ENGLISH POETS.

SAMUEL JOHNSON - 1781
...** would fucceed. — We fliewed it toCon5 « greve ; " greve; who, after reading it over, " faid, It would either take greatly, or " be damned confoundedly. — We were " all, at the firft night of it, in great '* uncertainty of the event ; till we were " very much encouraged by overhear'*...
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Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, to the Works of the English ..., Volume 58

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1781
...it *' would fucceed, — We {hewed it toCon5 " greve ; " greve; who, after reading it over, " faid, It would either take greatly, or " be damned confoundedly. — We were " all, at the firft night of it, in great " uncertainty of the event ; till we were " very much encouraged by overhear"...
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Prior. Congreve. Blackmore. Fenton. Gay. Granville. Yalden ..., Volumes 3-4

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1781
...** us thought it would fucceed. — We fhewed " it to Congreve ; who, after reading it over, " faid, It would either take greatly, or be ** damned confoundedly. — We were all, at " the firft night of it, in great uncertainty " of the event; till we were very much en** couraged by overhearing...
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The works of the English poets. With prefaces, biographical and ..., Volume 3

English poets - 1790
...us " thought it would fucceed. — We fhewed it to " Congreve ; who, after reading it over, faid, " It would either take greatly, or be damned '' confoundedly. — We were all, at the firft " night of it, in great uncertainty of the event; " till we were very much encouraged by ovcr"...
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The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets,: With Critical ..., Volume 3

Samuel Johnson - Poets, English - 1791
...faid, It " .would either take greatly, or be damned " confoundedly. — We were all, at the firft *' night of it, in great uncertainty of the event ; '? till we were very much encouraged by " overhearing the duke of Argyle, who fat " in. the next box to us, fay, * It will do — it ** muft...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson.LL.D..: The lives of the English poets

Samuel Johnson - 1792
...over, faid, It would either take greatly, or be *' damned confoundedly.—We were all, at the firft " night of it, in great uncertainty of the event; till * : we were very much encouraged by overhearing *' the duke of Argyle, who fat in the next box to "* us, fay, ' It will do—it muft do!...
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Fables, Volume 1

John Gay - Fables - 1793 - 256 pages
...either take greatly, or be damned con" foundedly. — We were all, at the firft night of it, « in c< in great uncertainty of the event ; till we were " very much encouraged by overhearing the duke ** Argyle, who fat in the next box to us, fay, " It " will do— it muft do !...
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The Works of the British Poets: With Prefaces, Biographical and ..., Volume 8

English poetry - 1795
...neither of us »bought it would fucceed — We mowed it to Congreve, who, after reading it over, faid, it would either take greatly, or be damned confoundedly. — We were all at the firft night of it, in very great uncertainty of the event ; 'till we were very much encouraged, by...
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Elegant edition of fables by John Gay, with the life of the author

John Gay - 1796
...writing. — When it " was done, neither of us thought it would suc" ceed. — We shewed it to CON ORE VE; who, " after reading it over, said, It would either...damned confoundedly. — We " were all, at the first njght of it, in great uncertainty of the event; till we were very much " encouraged by overhearing...
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