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|Dr. Johnsons Last Letter to his Aged Mother|
|By Samuel Johnson (17091784)|
|Dear Honored Mother:|
NEITHER your condition nor your character make it fit for me to say much. You have been the best mother, and I believe the best woman, in the world. I thank you for your indulgence to me, and beg forgiveness of all that I have done ill, and all that I have omitted to do well. God grant you his Holy Spirit, and receive you to everlasting happiness, for Jesus Christs sake. Amen. Lord Jesus receive your spirit. Amen.
I am, dear, dear Mother,
Your dutiful Son,
SAM. JOHNSON. JAN. 20, 1759.