act of assistance
Note by James Boswell to Johnson's Letter To Lord Chesterfield

The following note is subjoined by Mr. Langton.

"Dr. Johnson, when gave me this copy of his letter, desired that I would annex to it his information to me, that whereas it is said in the letter that 'no assistance has been received', he did once receive from Lord Chesterfield the sum of ten pounds, but as that was so inconsiderable a sum, he thought the mention of it could not properly find a place in a letter of the kind that this was."

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